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A Journey to the Microscopic World Professor Errington Department of Chemical Engineering University at Buffalo. What are Atoms?. Atoms are very tiny particles that form the building blocks for all matter. What Does a Microscope Do?.

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A Journey to the Microscopic WorldProfessor ErringtonDepartment of Chemical EngineeringUniversity at Buffalo


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What are Atoms?

Atoms are very tiny particles that form the building blocks for all matter


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What Does a Microscope Do?

  • A microscope is used to look at very tiny objects by making them appear larger

  • It is sort of like a telescope or binoculars


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Let’s do a little exercise!!

  • What you’ll need

    • A strip of paper

    • A pair of scissors

  • What to do

    • Take your strip of paper and cut it into equal halves

    • Cut one of the remaining pieces of paper into equal halves

    • Repeat!


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 1

Pocket

Hand

14 cm


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 2

Finger

Ear

7.0 cm


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 3

Watch

Mushroom

Eye

3.5 cm


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 4

Ring

Insect

KeyboardKey

1.75 cm


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 5

Keep going … atoms are much smaller!

0.88 cm


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 6

Tiny seeds on top of a Whopper bun

0.44 cm


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 7

Keep going … atoms are still much smaller!

0.22 cm


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 8

Thread

1.0 mm


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Cut 9

It’s too difficult to keep cutting!

Let’s just pretend from now on

0.5 mm


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 10

The size of one tiny light (pixel) on a computer screen

0.25 mm


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 11

Wow, I didn’t think anything was this small!

0.125 mm


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 12

A piece of hair

0.06 mm


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 13

Our meter has disappeared!

???

0.03 mm


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 14

The width of paper

0.015 mm


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 15

We’re not done yetkeep cutting!

0.007 mm


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 16

Bacteria

0.003 mm


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 17

We’re not done yetkeep cutting!

0.0015 mm


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 18

Water filter

1.0 micron


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Cut 19

We’re not done yetkeep cutting!

0.5 micron


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 20

Tiny wires inside a computer chip

0.25 micron


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 21

We’re not done yetkeep cutting!

0.13 micron


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 22

Virus

0.07 micron


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 23

We’re not done yetkeep cutting!

0.03 micron


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 24

We’re not done yetkeep cutting!

0.015 micron


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 25

We’re not done yetkeep cutting!

0.008 micron


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Cut 26

Almost there

5 Cuts left

0.004 micron


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 27

Almost there

4 Cuts left

0.002 micron


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 28

Almost there

3 Cuts left

0.001 micron


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 29

Almost there

2 Cuts left

0.0005 micron


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 30

Almost there

1 Cut left

0.00025 micron


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Just What Size Is an Atom?

Cut 31

H

Ca

He

Atoms !!!

Cl

C

Na

O

N

0.00013 micron



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How Many Atoms Are In A Person?

Around …

8,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

that’s …

eight million-million-million-million-thousand atoms

Wow!


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What are Molecules?

Molecules are very small objects that are made up of connected atoms


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What Do Molecules Look Like?

Molecules can take on all kinds of different shapes and sizes

Let’s look at a few!


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Water

H

H

H2O

O


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N

N

O

O

Air

Nitrogen

Oxygen







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Do Molecules Move?

Yes, they sure do!

How do they move?

It depends on whether they are in a solid, liquid, or gas


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