# What is the smallest particle of an element that retains the properties of that element?

##### 1 Answer
Oct 13, 2016

It's called a molecule, the smallest particle that has the same properties of any pure compound or element.

#### Explanation:

Most elements can exist as mono-atomic molecules, but some have molecules consisting of more than one atom of the element.
Examples are ${F}_{2} , C {l}_{2} , B {r}_{2} , {O}_{2} , {N}_{2} , {P}_{4}$
An element like sulphur can have different properties according to the number of atoms per molecule.