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What does a picture of the atom "Gold" look like?
- Jenny (age 13)
Each atom of gold has a nucleus in the middle with 79
protons and 118 neutrons all packed together. Spinning around the
nucleus are 79 electrons.
This is a picture of gold from Webelements.com
The big problem with this picture is that it makes it look like the
electrons are a lot bigger than the nucleus, when they're actually a
lot smaller. It also doesn't have the electrons organized into the
orbits quite right, but it's got the right number all together:
can also find some good pictures of atoms in general and a better
explanation of how the atom works by looking at the answer to the
question Picture of an Atom
(republished on 07/19/06)
Follow-up on this answer.