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Elements, Atoms, and Molecules

  • Mary E. Malainey
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Part of the Manuals in Archaeological Method, Theory and Technique book series (MATT)

Abstract

The general term, matter, can be applied to all material of interest to archaeologists. Most materials are combinations of many pure substances. A pure substance is one that consists of only one type of element or only one type of molecule. Elements are the simplest substances because they consist of only one type of atom. There are a limited number of elements that form the building blocks of all matter in the universe. The properties of elements and atoms are described below.

Keywords

Conduction Band Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis Valence Electron Periodic Table Hydrogen Fluoride 
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References

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary E. Malainey
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyBrandon UniversityBrandonCanada

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