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Solid materials have a wide range of values for physical properties like electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, hardness, etc. Often, properties that are easily macroscopically observable arise from the nature of the bonds between the atoms making up the materials. In this exercise, bouncing balls composed of atoms held together by harmonic springs are used to show transfer of energy into the internal degrees of freedom (i.e. heat) during an elastic collision.
|Resource Type||Molecular Science Module These modules, built around particulate-level simulations of chemical systems, aid students in drawing connections between disciplines such as chemistry, biology and materials science. Their scope is molecular science. Molecular science includes the study of how molecular structure and motion lead to emergent macroscopic properties, and the synthesis/engineering of structures with desirable properties. [More information..]|