Bill Nye: Atoms Worksheet Movie Summary: The science guy explores atomic theory, explaining how all matter is composed of atoms and molecules. Illustrates how atomic particles combine to form molecules and provides several examples of molecular structures.... (more details for Bill Nye: Atoms*)

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Bill Nye Atoms Worksheet

The Bill Nye Atoms Worksheet offered at the links above follow along as students learn that an atom is the smallest unit of matter that constitutes an element. Every solid, liquid, and gas is composed of atoms. Students see that atoms are extremely small and the Bill Nye Atoms Worksheet focuses on that they are so small that accurately predicting their behavior is not possible.

Follow along as it is shown that every atom is composed of a nucleus and one or more electrons bound to the nucleus. Students will learn that the nucleus is made of one or more protons and a number of neutrons. Film discusses that most of an atom's mass is in the nucleus and the protons have a positive electric charge whereas the electrons have a negative electric charge. Students see that the neutrons have no electric charge. The Bill Nye Atoms Worksheet guides students to understand that if the number of protons and electrons are equal, then the atom is electrically neutral. If an atom has more or fewer electrons than protons, then it has an overall negative or positive charge, respectively and they are called atoms are called ions.

Within the The Bill Nye Atoms Worksheet students can see that the electrons of an atom are attracted to the protons by an electromagnetic force. The protons and neutrons in the nucleus are attracted to each other by the nuclear force. This force is usually stronger than force that repels the protons from one another. Students see that under certain circumstances, the repelling force becomes stronger than the nuclear force which causes the nucleus to shatter and leaves behind different elements.