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The Differences Between Elements and Compounds

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The Differences Between Elements and Compounds


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You will get to expand your understanding of the bonds that hold molecules together with a focus on ionic and covalent bonds and the use of electronegativity to determine which occurs.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Differentiate between elements and compounds on the most basic level.
  • Describe elements.
  • Describe compounds.

Everything You'll Have Covered

What is an element?

~ An element is a substance that is comprised of only one type of atom and cannot be decomposed into a simpler substance by any means.

What is a compound?

~ A compound is a substance that is a combination of two or more elements.

How is a compound formed?

~ A compound is formed when two or more elements chemically combine in a set ratio or proportion.

How are compounds different from elements?

~ Unlike elements, compounds are made of different types of atoms and have properties that are different from those of the elements they are made of. In addition, compounds can be chemically decomposed into simpler substances.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to define the following terms: atom, element, and compound
Course Chemistry
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary atom, element, compound