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Hydrochloric Acid (HCl)

Hydrochloric Acid

Hydrochloric Acid

by Felix Tang

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Potassium Atom

Potassium Atom Model

Grace Clemens

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Sulfur Atom

Sulfur atom spinning on pink horizon background :)

In this blog I will be discussing the composition, struture and characteristics of the atom sulfur (sulphur). 

It is a common atom with many industrial uses, such as the manufacturing of black powder, matches and explosives. It is also used to create rubber, in dyes, and as an insecticide and fungicide, however its main use is in producing sulfuric acid, the top chemical used by the world's industry. 

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Carbon atom by William Du

Carbon atom

Carbon is one of the most abundant atoms in the universe. It is able to form many compounds, such as diamond, graphene and graphite.

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Neon Atom by Jade Upton

Neon Screenshot

An atom is the smallest particle of a chemical element; so consequently, atoms are the building blocks of matter and the world around us. I have modelled an atom of the chemical element Neon (Ne) through the website VRMath 2.0 using the skills I learnt during the workshop at QUT last Tuesday. The element Neon has an atomic number of 10, and its atom consists of 10 protons, 10 electrons, and in most cases and as depicted in the model, 10 neutrons. My partner Lauren and I decided on modelling this atom because we were intrigued about its properties as we had very recently learned of its existence and its role in neon signs. For this assignment, I created a 3D model of 20Ne using Bohr’s atomic model (below).

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Lithium Atom Model
All the objects that surround us in our lives are made of extremely small particles invisible to the naked eye.
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Boron Atom

3D Model of Boron Atom
Boron is the fifth atom in the periodic table, being a metalloid. The rare element, only made as compounds in the nature, has been used commonly for glass and glazes production. While its presence has been known since 1808, the first 99 percent pure boron was made only in 1909. A 3D model of this boron was made using the VRMath2.0, shown below. The Bohr model has been used to represent the element, as it simplifies the characteristics of electron movements. However, the model is not entirely accurate. In the process of programming the atom, many difficulties and challenges were experienced.

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Nitrogen Atom

Nitrogen is one of the many elements that make up the universe, and it is quite prominent on earth.
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Boron Atom (By Melody Suen)

3D Model of Boron Atom
At the QUT workshop, I learnt how to use VRMath 2.0 to program, create 3D molecules/atoms and how to write a blog. With my partner Hana, we created a 3D model of a boron atom. In this blog post, I will explain the composition, structure and characteristics of boron, as well as the programming used. 

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Nitrogen Atom

Nitrogen Atom
It is an element that is an essential to all life on Earth, yet in its purest form it can suffocate living organisms. Nitrogen is one of the most important elements on Earth – it can be found in all living systems and makes up around 78% of the Earth’s atmosphere. It is a constituent of protein and nucleic acids. In its gaseous form, nitrogen is colourless, odourless and generally considered inert. In its liquid form nitrogen is also colourless and odourless, and resembles water. Nitrogen was first recognised in 1772 by number of scientists; Carl Wilhelm Scheele, Daniel Rutherford, Henry Cavendish and Joseph Priestley, who all found that air was composed of three different gases, oxygen, carbon dioxide and another gas which they dubbed ‘foul air’ (nitrogen). Nitrogen was first recognised as an element by Antoine Laurent Lavoiser in 1786, and named nitrogen in 1790 by Antoine Laurent Lavoiser. Today, nitrogen is used in food preservation, explosives, and aids medical research.