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Offline DeerSlayer

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Molecular Inconceivability
« on: November 03, 2012, 06:23:20 PM »
Familiar as most people are with the concept of atomic theory, it is exceedingly difficult to comprehend how small such particles really are.
Let's do a thought experiment.

Suppose you have a magic wand.    By waving it over a tablespoon of water, say half an ounce or 15 grams, you could increase every water molecule to the size of a marble, half an inch in diameter. 

How much volume would the newly enlarged molecules of water occupy? 

Go very big.  And then increase that by a very large amount.  Just guess before scrolling down for the approximate answer.

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Fifteen grams of water molecules expanded to half an inch in diameter would raise ocean levels about a mile.  The calculations are muddled by the additional land area currently between sea level and one mile in elevation into which oceans would backfill.

But it's truly a lot.  Conversely, molecules are REALLY little.



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