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What is an atom? | Chemistry | the virtual school

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What is an atom? | Chemistry | the virtual school


Atoms are the building block of matter. Your books, your pencils, your clothes, and
even the air, are made up of atoms! Atoms are extremely small; and cannot be seen
with the naked eye, or even a magnifying glass! The word atom comes from the ancient greek
word Atomos, which means INDIVISIBLE. For example if you take a block of gold and
chop it into half, chop it again, then again, and again, for a very, very, very, long time,
you would eventually get to a point where you can cut no more and be left with the smallest
piece of gold possible, an individual gold atom. Think of the block of gold as a of a room
of balloons, if you half the number of balloons in the room, half it again, and again and
keeping doing this, you will eventually end up with just one balloon. If you cut the balloon, does it still function
as a balloon? No. The same can be said about atoms. If I were to half to the last atom of gold,
it would no longer be gold. So an atom is the smallest unit of an element,
having all the characteristics of that element.

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10 thoughts on “What is an atom? | Chemistry | the virtual school”

  1. Paul Ivey says:

    the very fact that the atom has been split means it has been incorrectly named

  2. Cloud Strife says:

    Who on earth figured out about atoms ? wow just wow

  3. WoWHraldor says:

    It was a professor ca

  4. Jen Han says:

    Thank you for sharing. This is great !!!!

  5. Nor Aqilah says:

    so thats mean atom is the smallest 'thing' in an element? Am I right? err kind of 'thing' hehe i don't know how to explain to you lol

  6. Nor Aqilah says:

    so thats mean atom is the smallest 'thing' in an element? Am I right? err kind of 'thing' hehe i don't know how to explain to you lol

  7. Sweetie Bisht says:

    Thanks , it helped me very much

  8. Harshil Vaghjiani says:

    Thanks, exactly what I was looking for to explain this concept to an eight year old.

  9. SHAMEER Vi says:

    ☺☺

  10. Einstein Gaming says:

    The indivisibility of an atom was proved wrong: an atom can be further subdivided into protons, neutrons and electrons. However an atom is the smallest particle that takes part in chemical reactions.

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