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  1. revv

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    Well firstly let me say that I am no expert but it seems like the number of protons that determine the different elements is like a puzzle made by the universe? I mean they are all in sequence... am I missing something?
     
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  2. davenn

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    A wonderful creation isn't it :)
     
  3. Ratch

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    You are missing a good clear definition of your question. Do you mean that 1 comes before 2, and 2 comes before 3, etc? Could you better explain your question? Why do you call it a "puzzle"?

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  4. revv

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    That Hydrogen has 1 proton then Helium has 2 protons and then Lithium has 3 protons etc...
     
  5. Ratch

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    Yes, you are reciting the periodic table, but what is your question? By the way, chemical elements are not capitalized.

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  6. revv

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    Im not really sure what my question is but it seems peculiar that for it to be a hydrogen atom it has to have only 1 proton and not 2 or that would make it a helium atom, its like a puzzle almost right?

    I mean protons mostly determines the type of element right? So for example if an atom only has 5 protons it is considered to be a boron atom.

    But like I said I don't have much knowledge in chemistry or science and might be missing something.

    And thanks for the clarification on capitalizing atom names :D
     
  7. revv

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    Yes exactly that, there's a pattern
     
  8. davenn

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    of course, what don't you understand ?
    the table is displayed in a way that each step up the table shows the next element that has one more proton than the one listed before it

    That's right, it cannot be anything else
     
  9. Ratch

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    Adding or removing another proton to the nucleus of an atom is a major change to the nucleus. It increases or decreases the atomic number and weight of the atom. Why do you think that is such a wonderment? Surely you do not expect the same element to have a varying weight and atomic number, do you?

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