The Atom Slide 1 of 5 What is an Atom?

The word `atom` comes from the Greek word `atomos` which means indivisible.

An atom is the smallest bit we can chop anything into using chemistry.

When we chop up things into these bits we get different types of `bits` or atoms, we call each of these different elements. You have probably heard of some of these already such as hydrogen, oxygen and carbon. The way we fasten the atoms of these elements together make a whole range of different chemicals. Just using the three mentioned here we could make fuel for the car, some sugar, some lard, or an explosive!

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