|What is a molecule of uranium made of?
|Question Date: 2017-02-14|
Uranium is a chemical element of atomic
number 92, meaning there are 92 electrons orbiting
92 protons and about 143 neutrons. The protons
and neutrons make up the center nucleus of an
atom, and contributes to almost all the mass of
the atom. Uranium is the most massive
naturally-found element with 238 atomic mass
This atom makes up a lot of Earth’s outermost
layer, since it does not mix with the molten iron
that sits in the upper mantle. This leaves a
highly concentrated mixture of uranium to sit in
Earth’s crust. The high mass content of uranium
atoms make breaking down uranium very easy, and
continually breaking down uranium exerts usable
energy, coming from the energy in these chemical
bonds. Breaking these chemical bonds can supply
nuclear power, and is used in many nuclear power
plants across the U.S.
Uranium is an element, so it can't be split
into anything smaller without turning it into
something else, something that is not uranium.
Each atom of uranium is made of several smaller
components, like 92 protons, 92 electrons, and
likely 146 or 143 neutrons, depending on what type
of uranium it is.
Most elements are made of a combination of an
atomic core formed of neutral neutrons and
positively charged protons, and these are
surrounded by a negative cloud of electrons.
Molecules are made of chemical elements,
made of protons, neutrons, and electrons!
Uranium is an element and it is made of 92
electrons and 142 neutrons. Uranium is a
silvery-white metal and is used for it’s nuclear
properties. It’s currently also used in
military tank and vehicle armor because of it’s
extreme density and hardness!
Uranium is an element, not a compound. An
atom of uranium contains 92 protons, and a
different number of neutrons depending on the
isotope. Fissionable uranium (that you would have
in a bomb) has 143 neutrons, but the more common
and less radioactive isotope has 146
neutral atom of uranium will also have 92
electrons, but it is possible to ionize the
electrons away just as with any atom.
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