History of Atomic Theory Timeline Quiz

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Which scientist modified an earlier theory that matter was made of four elements: earth, fire, water, air?

Aristotle

Who was the first to adapt Democritus’ theory into the first modern atomic model?

John Dalton

Who was the first person to use the term 'atom' (atomos: meaning indivisible)?

Democritus

Which physicist is credited for discovering the electron?

J.J. Thomson

What did Democritus believe about the fundamental unit of matter?

It was indivisible and called an atom.

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Atomic Theory

  • A scientist modified the earlier theory that matter was made of four elements: earth, fire, water, air.

Democritus' Contribution

  • Democritus was the first to propose that matter is composed of tiny indivisible particles called atoms (atomos: meaning indivisible).
  • Democritus believed that the fundamental unit of matter was the atom, which was eternal, indivisible, and indestructible.

Development of Atomic Model

  • The first modern atomic model was adapted from Democritus' theory.

Discovery of the Electron

  • J.J. Thomson is credited with discovering the electron.

Test your knowledge of the history of atomic theory with this timeline quiz. Learn about the contributions of early scientists such as Democritus and Aristotle to the development of the concept of atoms.

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