What is an element in chemistry?


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An element in chemistry is described as the simplest form of a substance that cannot be broken down using chemical methods. Elements are composed of atoms with the same number of protons.

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Elements have the same number of protons but can differ in the amount of neutrons, resulting in a difference in mass. This is known as an isotope of an element.

Every element has an unique name and is displayed in an organized manner on the periodic table. The most abundantly found element in the universe is hydrogen. It is also the simplest, lightest element. Compounds are formed by combining one or more elements.

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