Reflection Chem

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Reflection Chem


This whole chemistry journal has enlightened me on how the world is made. As it is said, molecules are the building blocks of life. It is almost unbelievable that the whole world is made up of small particles, so small that it cannot be seen with the naked eye. This topic intrigues me and drives my curiosity. It is amazing to see such small particles like atoms and ions have their own unique structure. The atomic structure of electron orbiting around the protons and neutrons reminds me of the structure of the universe. It is similar to the solar system, where planets orbit around the sun. The sun is like the ball of protons and neutrons, the electrons are like planets, the orbital paths of the electrons around the sun are like the electron shells circling the atom. Since this was a new topic to me, I also learnt more about ions and isotopes. I am able to tell the difference between an ion, isotope and atom if I were to be question now. I never knew that atoms with different numbers of neutrons and electrons can exist. I always thought that these types atoms would only be destroyed, but I have learnt that atoms cannot be destroyed but they can be split up. I also did not know that unstable atoms are radioactive. It was amazing to learn about bonding. My question which I had from childhood was finally answered. I had always been thinking about how elements are able to be combined. Thought the main focus of the research on bonding was on ionic bonding, but I also read up on covalent bonding and metallic bonding. It is amazing to see how smart and efficient Mother Nature works and function. It never occurred to me that transferring, sharing or being in a sea of free moving electrons can bond such atoms together. It is interesting to also discover that Greek words are used as names such as ‘atom’, which means impossible to be split in English. Despite all of my research, I still have some unanswered queries on this topic. I would like to know if what scientists claim about atoms, electrons, protons and other particles are true. They say that these particles might be made up of electrically charged bands, which gives it the electrical charge. If it is true, then what are these electrical bands? What are they made of and what is the source of electricity for these electrical bands to be charged? Another question that I have is how are positively charged protons and negatively charged electrons different in terms of the positive and negative charge. What defines a negative charge from a positive charge? How is a positive and negative charge made or derived from? What makes a charge positive or negative? I met with a few problems while doing my research. One of the problems was that there were no good websites that provide information that was concise. There was some information that I could not understand too. Hence, I had to search for other websites to carry on with my research. Despite all of these problems that, this was an eye-opening experience for me.

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