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Homework Help: Proust atom model

  1. May 18, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    according to proust, all the elements are made up of atoms of hydrogen. what does this statement mean? does it mean that all elements have only onoe proton and one electron like hydrogen. i know this theory was discarded but i cant understand the statement. for example heavy elements lke uranium and thorium have electrons and protons equivalent to their atomic no. then how uranium be hydrogen like? please help, revered members
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    3. The attempt at a solution
  2. jcsd
  3. May 18, 2010 #2
    When you move 'along' the periodic table to the right to the next element, you add one proton and one electron (i.e. a hydrogen atom). I assume thats what it means.
    Edit: Also, neutrons are added, but I don't think there's a pattern to this. So I don't know.
    Last edited: May 19, 2010
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