Bhors Model of Atom

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*       Bhor’s Model of Atom


After the drawback found in Rutherford model of an atom, it became necessary to find the reason for the stability of the atom. Bhor put forward his model of an atom and this was found to be acceptable to almost all the scientis of that time. According to Bhor model, an atom consists of nucleus which contains neutron and proton and electron that revolve around the nucleus in the fixed orbit and do not radiate energy. Energy is radiated or absorbed by an atom only when an electron moves from one shell to another. When electrons jumps from lower to higher energy level, it absorbs energy and when it jumps from higher to lower it radiates energy. The energy is always radiated or absorbed in the form of packet called photons. The orbit or the shell in which electrons revolves is called the energy level.


The energy levels are represented by the letters K, L, M, N, —. The maximum number of electrons in first shell called K shell can be 2, in second shell L shell can be 8, in third shell M shell can be 18, and so on. This distribution of electron is called the electronic configuration.


*              Atomic Numbers

It is defined as the number of proton present in the nucleus of an atom. It is denoted by letter Z.


*             Mass Number

It is the sum of proton and neutron present in the nucleus of an atom. It is normally denoted by A.

A = Z + n

Where/ n is the number of neutron

A is the mass number

Z is the atomic number.


*            Valence Electron

The number of electron present in the outermost shell of an atom is called the valence electron.


*             Valency

The number of electron loosed or gained by an atom to attain the stable electronic configuration is called the valency.


*              Isotopes

Isotopes of an atom is defined as the atoms of same elements having same atomic number but having different atomic mass. The isotopes is due to the difference in the number of neutron in an atom.




\[^{92}{{U}_{235}}\] and \[^{92}{{U}_{236}}\] are the isotopes of uranium. Apart from this other isotopes are \[^{6}{{U}_{12}}\] and \[^{6}{{C}_{14,}}\] \[^{1}{{H}_{1}},\,{{\,}^{1}}{{H}_{2}},\]                and 3.

There are two types of isotopes radioactive and non radioactive isotopes. Uranium is a radioactive isotopes.


Isotopes have got wide application. Some of the applications of isotopes are:

  • It is used as a fuel in nuclear power plant.
  • It is used in medical science to treat cancer.
  • It is used in treatment of goiter.
  • It is used in archaeological survey to determine the age of the fossils.
  • It is used in radiography.
  • It is used in mineral analysis.
  • It is used to preserve foods.


*         Isobars

Atoms having different atomic numbers but same mass numbers are called isobars.




For example:

\[^{18}A{{r}_{40}}\] and \[^{20}C{{a}_{40}}\] are isobars





        Drawback of Rutherford model of atom was:

(a) Could not explain the stability of atoms

(b) No explanation of Isotopes

(c) No explanation for the neutral nature of atom

(d) Neutron was not known

(e) None of these


Answer: (a)



       Which one of the following is an isobar?

(A) \[^{6}{{C}_{12}}\] and \[^{6}{{C}_{14}}\]

(b) \[^{92}{{U}_{235}}\] and \[^{92}{{U}_{236}}\]

(C) \[^{1}{{H}_{1}},\,{{\,}^{1}}{{H}_{2}},\] and \[^{1}{{H}_{3}}\]

(d) \[^{18}A{{r}_{40}}\] and \[^{20}C{{a}_{40}}\]

(e) None of these


Answer: (d)



        The e/m for proton depends on which one of the following?

(a) Nature of gas taken in discharge tube

(b) Cathode

(c) Anode

(d) Potential of electricity

(e) None of these


Answer: (a)




  • An atoms consists of electron, proton and neutrons.
  • Electrons are the negatively charged particles and was discovered by J. Thomson.
  • Rutherford discovered the nucleus of an atom.
  • An atom is electrically neutral.
  • Isotopes of an atom has same atomic number but different mass number.
  • Isobars of an atom has same mass number and different atomic number.
  • The number of electrons in the outermost shell of an atom is called valence electron.


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