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Further Investigations: Atoms, Molecules, and Compounds

  1. Research how the model of the atom has changed throughout history. How was each subatomic particle discovered?
  2. What is the origin of the special names given to certain groups on the periodic table? Do all groups have special names?
  3. How are colors like yellow and green produced on signs that are commonly called “neon” signs if the noble gases make only five different colors?
  4. Research some of the many uses of noble gases.
  5. How do the number of neutrons in a nucleus affect the properties of atoms?

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Exploring Our Fluid Earth, a product of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), College of Education. University of Hawaii, 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and distributed for non-profit educational purposes.