By Daniel T. Larson, David G. Haase
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The existence of these allowed orbits was predicted by Bohr’s model of the atom and later understood more precisely using the machinery of quantum mechanics. The restriction of electrons to specific energy levels is responsible for the peculiar structure of the periodic table. The allowed electron energy levels are labeled by four quantum numbers that give the address of an electron in an atom. The first is the principal quantum number, n, which we met before in the discussion of the Bohr model.
Each atom has its electrons arranged in consecutive energy levels that get further and further from the nucleus. The lowest shells are filled with electrons first, but as they become full, the higher shells are filled. The highest shell that contains any electrons is called the valence shell, and the electrons occupying the valence shell are called the valence electrons. It is the valence electrons that determine the Chemical Bonds chemical properties of an atom. All the other electrons in the atom that occupy the lower, filled shells, have very little effect on the atom’s properties.
Organizing Atoms about protons, neutrons, and electrons, however, we also use numbers to describe different atoms. ATOMIC NUMBER Every element is made up of atoms that all have the same number of protons in their nucleus. Hydrogen atoms all have one proton, helium atoms have two, and lithium atoms have three protons. The number of protons in the nucleus is called the atomic number. Thus, all atoms with the same atomic number have the same name. The atomic number is usually called Z for short. For example, since an atom of gold has 79 protons, we would say that gold has Z = 79, which means that the atomic number of gold is 79.
The Nature of Matter (Physics in Action) by Daniel T. Larson, David G. Haase