An interactive lab where students assemble their own sodium atom given the atomic mass and number of protons.
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- Construct a Sodium-23 atom knowing the number of protons and the mass number of the atom
- Review the mass number and calculate how many neutrons the nucleus has
- Review electroneutrality and calculate how many electrons a sodium atom has
- Review electron orbital names, shapes, and order of appearance
- Review electron configuration diagrams The lab serves primarily as a skill builder for electron configuration. It can be used in a variety of topics throughout the curriculum: periodicity and properties, ion formation.
Topics to discuss
- Atomic structure of sodium and its reactivity
- Ion formation