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How is an atom the smallest particle of an element that can exist??/// what about electrons and quarks
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How is an atom the smallest particle of an element that can exist??/// what about electrons and quarks

The real key here is "of an element".

The smallest particle of an element is an atom. Although there are definitely smaller particles than atoms, when you get smaller than a single atom, you no longer have a particle of a particular element--you have particles that are independent of the element into which the atom is formed (e.g., one proton is pretty much the same as another, even if one happens to be part of a hydrogen atom and the other part of Plutonium atom). The same remains true of we descend through the layers to even more elementary particles--they're no longer particles of elements, just particles of sub-particles (...) of things that make up atoms--which are still the smallest particles that are really "of an element".
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The real key here is "of an element".

The smallest particle of an element is an atom. Although there are definitely smaller particles than atoms, when you get smaller than a single atom, you no longer have a particle of a particular element--you have particles that are independent of the element into which the atom is formed (e.g., one proton is pretty much the same as another, even if one happens to be part of a hydrogen atom and the other part of Plutonium atom). The same remains true of we descend through the layers to even more elementary particles--they're no longer particles of elements, just particles of sub-particles (...) of things that make up atoms--which are still the smallest particles that are really "of an element".
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