Do elements always exist as separate atoms?
Keeping this in consideration, how many different atoms are there in a compound?
Compounds are made from two or more atoms chemically joined together. For example, water is a compound of hydrogen and oxygen. Each water molecule contains two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom.
Also, can atoms exist independently?
Atoms of most of the elements are chemically very reactive and do not exist in the free state or independently. Atoms usually exist in two ways: In the form of molecules, and. In the form of ions.
Elements, mixtures and compounds Elements are substances that are made from one type of atom. An element cannot be broken down into any other substance. A mixture is made by simply mixing together elements and compounds. No new chemical bonds are formed.