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Atomic Theory and Structure Quiz

Multiple Choice
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____ 1. Dalton incorporated the law of conservation of mass into his atomic theory by asserting that
a. matter is composed of atoms.
b. atoms can be destroyed in chemical reactions.
c. atoms are indivisible.
____ 2. Oxygen can combine with carbon to form two compounds, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.
The ratio of the masses of oxygen that combine with a given mass of carbon is 1:2. This is an
example of
a. the law of multiple proportions.
b. the law of conservation of energy.
c. Dalton's atomic theory.
____ 3. According to the law of definite proportions, any two samples of KCl have
a. slightly different molecular structures.
b. the same melting point.
c. the same ratio of elements.
____ 4. Dalton's atomic theory agrees with modern atomic theory except for the statement that
a. atoms are not divided in chemical reactions.
b. all atoms of the same element have the same mass.
c. atoms of the same element are chemically alike.
____ 5. Which of the following statements is true according to modern atomic theory?
a. Atoms can never combine with any other atoms.
b. Atoms may be divided in ordinary chemical reactions.
c. Atoms of the same element may have different masses.
____ 6. Experiments with cathode rays led to the discovery of the
a. proton. b. neutron. c. electron.
____ 7. Whose series of experiments identified the nucleus of the atom?
a. Bohr b. Rutherford c. Dalton
____ 8. In Rutherford's experiments, most of the particles
a. were absorbed by the foil.
b. passed through the foil.
c. combined with the foil.
____ 9. Because a few alpha particles bounced back from the foil, Rutherford concluded that they were
a. striking electrons.
b. repelled by densely packed regions of positive charge.
c. magnetic.
____ 10. An atom is electrically neutral because
a. the numbers of protons and neutrons are equal.
b. the numbers of protons and electrons are equal.
c. neutrons balance the protons and electrons.

____ 11. The smallest unit of an element that can exist either alone or in combination with other such particles
of the same or different elements is the
a. proton. b. neutron. c. atom.
____ 12. Isotopes are atoms of the same element that have different
a. numbers of protons. b. masses. c. numbers of electrons.
____ 13. The atomic number of oxygen, 8, indicates that there are eight
a. protons in the nucleus of an oxygen atom.
b. neutrons outside the oxygen atom's nucleus.
c. energy levels in the oxygen atom's nucleus.
____ 14. The total number of protons and neutrons in the nucleus of an atom is its
a. average atomic mass. b. Avogadro number. c. mass number.
____ 15. The atomic mass of an element listed in the periodic table is the
a. average atomic mass.
b. relative atomic mass of the most abundant radioactive isotope.
c. mass number of the least abundant isotope.
____ 16. An aluminum isotope consists of 13 protons, 13 electrons, and 14 neutrons. Its mass number is
a. 27. b. 13. c. 40.
____ 17. Chlorine has atomic number 17 and mass number 35. It has
a. 35 protons, 35 electrons, and 17 neutrons.
b. 18 protons, 18 electrons, and 17 neutrons.
c. 17 protons, 17 electrons, and 18 neutrons.
____ 18. Carbon-14 (atomic number 6), the radioactive nuclide used in dating fossils, has
a. 10 neutrons. b. 14 neutrons. c. 8 neutrons.
____ 19. Neon-22 contains 12 neutrons. It also contains
a. 12 protons. b. 10 protons. c. 22 electrons.
____ 20. As it travels through space, electromagnetic radiation
a. loses energy.
b. exhibits wavelike behavior.
c. releases photons.
____ 21. The distance between two successive peaks on adjacent waves is its
a. wavelength. b. velocity. c. quantum number.
____ 22. Max Planck proposed that a hot object radiated energy in small, specific amounts called
a. waves. b. quanta. c. electrons.
____ 23. According to the Bohr model of the atom, the single electron of a hydrogen atom circles the nucleus
a. in specific, allowed orbits.
b. in one fixed orbit at all times.
c. at any of an infinite number of distances, depending on its energy.

____ 24. According to Bohr, electrons cannot reside at ____ in the figure below.

a. point B b. point D c. point C

____ 25. Louis de Broglie's research suggested that
a. electron waves exist at random frequencies.
b. electrons should be considered as waves confined to the space around an atomic
c. electrons usually behave like particles and rarely like waves.
____ 26. The region outside the nucleus where an electron can most probably be found is the
a. electron cloud. b. s sublevel. c. electron configuration.
____ 27. Both the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and the Schrdinger wave equation
a. led to the concept of atomic orbitals.
b. are based on Bohr's theory.
c. led to locating an electron in an atom.
____ 28. A three-dimensional region around a nucleus where an electron may be found is called a(n)
a. orbital. b. electron path. c. spectral line.
____ 29. According to the quantum theory of an atom, in an orbital
a. electrons travel around the nucleus on paths of specific radii.
b. an electron's position cannot be known precisely.
c. electrons cannot be found.
____ 30. The main energy level that can hold only two electrons is the
a. second. b. first. c. third.