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4.1a Conceptual and Physical Models

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SUMMARY

Physical models replicate an object on a different scale, while conceptual models describes the behavior of a system. How these models apply to atoms is discussed. Note: The videos listed here are compiled from Chapters 5 and 3 of an earlier edition of the textbook. They all relate, however, to the content of Chapter 4 of the fourth and fifth editions. Duration: 7:52.

 

VIDEO CHECK QUESTIONS

1. Why can't we see atoms with an optical microscope?
2. What does a conceptual model describe?
3. What is the importance of developing a good conceptual model of an atom?

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1. Why can't we see atoms with an optical microscope?
[Because they are smaller than the wavelength of light.]
2. What does a conceptual model describe?
[The behavior of a system.]
3. What is the importance of developing a good conceptual model of an atom?
[It helps give chemists a handle on how atoms behave so they can predict and control what atoms do.]

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