Take a deep breath and think about what gas molecules we take in and exhale. What molecules make up air, steam, smoke and pollution? Can you think of any other gases you interact with?
Water, juice, milk and shampoo are just some of the liquids we might come in contact with daily. What molecules are they made of?
What types of solids do you encounter on a daily basis? Are the molecules natural or synthetic? This one is a bit tricky because some metal solids aren’t made of molecules. For example, a gold bar is only made of gold atoms!
We need food to give us energy. But, have you ever thought of what molecules make up food? What does sugar, chocolate or caffeine look like? What atoms make up the carbs in bread, protein in beans or fat in bacon?
Our bodies contain seven octillion atoms. (That’s 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, or 7 with 27 zeros!) These atoms make up thousands of different molecules. What are they, and how do they help us function? And beyond humans... what about your pets?
Scientists design synthetic molecules for advanced medicines, treatments and therapy, but what about the more common medicines that we use for colds and cuts? Or every day natural supplements - like vitamins. What might these molecules look like?
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