What happens to atoms during a chemical reaction?


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During a chemical reaction, atoms react with each other to form new products. Atomic bonds in reactants are broken and new ones are formed for creating new products.

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If atoms from two different elements react with each other, a compound is formed. During such a reaction, electrons from atoms might be shared or transferred to form new chemical bonds. For example, sulfur reacts with iron when heated together to form iron sulfide, a compound.

Atoms that react with each other in a chemical reaction are called reactants. The atoms that are produced in the reaction are called products. There are no new atoms that are created or destroyed during a chemical reaction. The atoms that are in the products come from the reactants.

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