|Topics||Atom, Chemical Change, Compound, Neutron|
An atom is the smallest component of an element that still retains the properties of the element.
During a chemical reaction molecules and atoms (reactants) are rearranged into new combinations that result in new kinds of atoms or molecules (products).
A compound is a substance containing two or more different chemical elements bound together by a chemical bond. In covalent compounds, electrons are shared between atoms. In ionic compounds, one atom borrows an electron from another atom resulting in two ions (electrically charged atoms) of opposite polarities that then become bonded electrostatically.
A neutron is a subatomic particle found in the nucleus of an atom. It is neutral as it carries no electric charge.