Chemistry Basics: Elements, Atoms, Compounds & Ions | Khan Academy

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TLDR Atoms are the fundamental building blocks of matter and their behavior challenges our everyday understanding of the physical world, revealing the fascinating and mysterious nature of reality.

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    Different substances have different properties and can react with each other in certain circumstances, leading to a variety of observations and discoveries in the field of chemistry.
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    Atoms are the smallest units of elements that still retain the properties of that element, and breaking them further would result in the loss of those properties.
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    The width of a human hair can contain approximately 1 million carbon atoms, highlighting the incredibly small size of atoms.
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    The number of protons in the nucleus of an atom defines the element, as seen in the periodic table where elements are listed in order of atomic number.
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    Different versions of an element, such as carbon-12, can have varying numbers of neutrons and electrons while still remaining the same element.
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    Electrons are constantly moving and buzzing around the nucleus of an atom, creating a dynamic relationship between the two.
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    The concept of atoms and their behavior challenges our everyday understanding of the physical world, revealing the fascinating and mysterious nature of reality.
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    The fundamental building block of matter, the atom, is composed of even more fundamental building blocks that can be rearranged to change the properties of an atom or transform it into a different element.
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