I walk on the beach, hearing and feeling the waves. I become mindful of the waves of energy flowing throughout the universe, resonating in every atom* in every molecule. There are more molecules* in the human body than there are stars in the sky.  Atoms. Molecules.  How can I reveal to children such minute amounts of matter, of mass?



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Web Definition:   

atom - (physics and chemistry) the smallest component of an element having the chemical properties of the element
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Web Definition:   

MOLECULE - A collection of two or more atoms held together by chemical bonds; the smallest unit of a compound that displays the properties of the compound. (Latin, moliculus, a small mass).
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This illustration of a water molecule is helpful in that it does not show the atoms actually pegged together. Feeling the forces between magnets gives a sense of the electrostatic forces that bind the atoms to each other to form molecules.


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