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Distinguish Between Elements and Compounds

In this worksheet, students will distinguish between elements and compounds

'Distinguish Between Elements and Compounds' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Year:  Year 8 Science worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Chemistry: Atoms, Elements and Compounds

Curriculum subtopic:   Atoms, Elements and Compounds

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Worksheet Overview

Elements are listed on the periodic table. There are 118 different elements found on the periodic table. Some examples of elements are oxygen, nitrogen and iron. 


the periodic table


A compound is a substance that is made from two or more different elements chemically bonded together. Some examples of compounds are water, ethanol and carbon dioxide. 


Particle diagrams are used to show the arrangement of individual atoms in elements and compounds. All of the atoms in a particle diagram for an element will be the same colour and size. A particle diagram for a compound will show more than one type of atom, so we can tell the compound is made up of more than one type of element because they will have atoms with different colours and sizes.


mixtures shown by molecules

This box contains two different compounds.


particles of an element

This box contains an element.


Now let's try some questions on elements and compounds.


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