Atom? Why Is It So Important To Understand What The Atom Is?

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999 words

We see our modern world filled with so many advances with technology and science. We usually do not think about science when using a smart phone or google to find information with one click of a button. Do we think about Chemistry when taking an antibiotic medication for an infection? Just about everything involves science and technology, but what would happen if one scientist didn’t discover one theory, a theory that can alter our advance society as we know today. This one man was credited as the founder of chemistry. “Chemistry is a branch of physical science that studies the composition, structure, properties and change of matter” (Wikipedia, 2014). “Chemistry is chiefly concerned with atoms and molecules and their interactions and transformation” …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that we don't think about science when using a smart phone or google to find information with one click. the founder of chemistry is credited with studying the composition, structure, properties, and change of matter.
  • Explains that the word "atom" comes from the greek era, meaning "uncuttable or indivisible". democritus stated that all matter and space was made up of tiny particles called atoms.
  • Explains that the atomic theory is a "theory explaining the diversity of matter".
  • Opines that without john dalton's contribution to the "atomic theory," modern technology and science would not be the same.
  • Explains that john dalton's education and interest in physics started at a young age.
  • Explains dalton's work in physics and his gas laws, "law of partial pressures" — the total pressure exerted is equal to the partial pressures of the individual gases.
  • Explains dalton's "experimental essays" and his first volume of his "new system of chemical philosophy" led him to his atomic theory.
  • Explains dalton's "atomic theory," a foundation set in motion for understanding "atoms." his discovery in 1803 helped determine that each element corresponds to an unique atom.
  • Opines that dalton's "atomic theory" made it possible for other scientists and great minds of history to influence the atoms we know and bring us many technological and scientific advances.

Most of us , have an understanding of the atom as a monstrous tool used for War. It wasn 't until we get into our science or philosophy classes; we begin to understand the atom. What is an Atom? Why is it so important to understand what an atom is? The word “Atom” comes from the Greek Era, meaning “Uncuttable or Indivisible” (Wikipedia, 2014). When you hear the phrase Greek and Atom, the first name that comes to mind is Democritus. Greek philosopher Democritus, stated “that all matter and space was made up of tiny particles called atoms” (Schombert, Wikipedia, 2014). Atoms are important to understand because everything, meaning matter is made up of Atoms, therefore understanding Atoms will help us understand everything …show more content…

The definition of the “Atomic Theory is a theory of the nature of matter: all material, substances are composed of minute particles or atoms of a comparatively small number of kinds and all the atoms of the same kind are uniform in size, weight, and other properties” (Merriam-Webster). When you hear the words “Atomic Theory," you associate words and people such as the Atom with the Greek philosopher Democritus, motion with Isaac Newton, the Periodic Table with Dmitri Mendeleev, “The Manhattan Project” with Albert Einstein (Buescher, 1996) but does John Dalton come across when talking about the “Atomic Theory” ? Not likely, unless you have taken a college level science or chemistry class. John Dalton is one man that made a great impact in the field of chemistry. Without his contribution to the “Atomic Theory," our modern technology and science would not be the same. Without John Dalton, we will never know if G.J Stoney was able to discover the “Electron” or Wilhm Roentgen discovers the “X-Ray," or Marie Slodwka Curie discovers the “Radioactivity," Albert Einstein discovers the “E=MC^2," or the completion of the “Periodic Table” by Dmitri Mendeleev (Buescher,

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