• Question: How can we understand atoms easier

    Asked by becksblowup to Ahmed, Francesca, George, James, Nitheen on 10 Nov 2014.
    • Photo: Ahmed Osman

      Ahmed Osman answered on 10 Nov 2014:

      there are some software programmes that simulate the atoms and sub-atom movements if you use them it will make it easy. Also you can use patterns to represent the atoms

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      James Sullivan answered on 10 Nov 2014:

      Hi becksblowsup,

      We’re not supposed to recommend Wikipedia as a source, but as it happens its page on atoms is very useful.


    • Photo: Francesca Paradisi

      Francesca Paradisi answered on 10 Nov 2014:

      I find that visual aids are the best. Perhaps it’s an over simplification of the concept but so what, if it helps us understanding concepts such as atoms and electrons and protons, and move on from the atoms into understanding interactions between different atoms and how they can form molecules etc I think they are well worth a look!

    • Photo: George Dowson

      George Dowson answered on 13 Nov 2014:

      There’s not much for me to add that the others haven’t but we have now directly imaged atoms and molecules. Even a picture of a reaction, which I think is pretty exciting!