Atoms and Molecules: Building Blocks of the Universe

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Everything in the universe is made up of tiny particles called atoms, which combine to make molecules. Elements, such as iron or nitrogen, are made up of a single kind of atom. Atoms of different elements can also join together to make a new substance. For example, a molecule of water is made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. Learn about the discoveries of physicists and chemists while you explore the invisible world of atoms and molecules.
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Overview

Everything in the universe is made up of tiny particles called atoms, which combine to make molecules. Elements, such as iron or nitrogen, are made up of a single kind of atom. Atoms of different elements can also join together to make a new substance. For example, a molecule of water is made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. Learn about the discoveries of physicists and chemists while you explore the invisible world of atoms and molecules.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
Atoms and molecules make up everything in the universe. Atoms are the smallest pieces of all elements, while molecules form when two different elements combine at an atomic level. The concept of atoms dates back to ancient Greece, when the philosopher Democritus first stated that all matter is made up of invisible pieces he called atoms. In the nineteenth century, scientists discovered molecules, thus paving the way for chemistry as we know it today. Atoms consist of a nucleus formed by protons and neutrons, and are orbited by electrons. Molecules form when two atoms from different elements share an electron. When molecules are closely packed, they form a solid; as they move farther away they turn to liquid and eventually gas. In recent years, scientists have discovered ways to smash atoms, despite their infinitesimal small size. An excellent resource for science classes, this book is from the "Exploring Science" series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756519605
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Series: National Holidays Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

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Darlene R. Stille is a science writer and author of more than 80 books for young people. When she was in high school, she fell in love with science. While attending the University of Illinois, she discovered that she also loved writing. She was fortunate enough to find a career as an editor and writer that allowed her to combine both of her interests. Darlene lives and writes in Michigan.

CPB Biography
Darlene R. Stille is a science writer and author of more than 80 books for young people. When she was in high school, she fell in love with science. While attending the University of Illinois, she discovered that she also loved writing. She was fortunate enough to find a career as an editor and writer that allowed her to combine both of her interests. Darlene Stille now lives and writes in Michigan.
Darlene R. Stille is the award-winning author of more than 80 books for young people, including collections of biographies. She grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois, where she discovered her love of writing. She now lives and writes in Michigan.

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Table of Contents


The Tiniest Wonders     4
The Strange World of the Atom     10
The Chemical World of Molecules     20
How Atoms and Molecules Change     27
Studying Atoms and Molecules     37
Glossary     45
Did You Know?     46
Further Resources     47
Index     48
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