GENIUS by Stephen Hawking: How Atoms Are Created
  • Science → Chemistry → Miller-Urey Experiment
  • Chemistry → Organic Compounds → Amino Acid
  • Chemistry → Atoms → How Atoms Form

A group of participants attempts to understand the purpose of the machine and the magnets given to them. After they put the magnets in the machine and turn it on, they notice that the magnets start to form complex structures on their own. The magnets symbolize atoms, and the experience suggests that compounds can form on their own over time, given a constant input of energy.

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    Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for how carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen from suga...
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    Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.

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