Introduction: Pcfjr9 and A New Visualization of The Atom
Hi everyone. I wrote the WikiBook A_New_Model_of_the_Atom last year. It's A New Visualization of The Atom. A new way to view, teach, and understand the basics of atoms, and how they interact to form molecules. I didn't introduce myself earlier as I'm just now learning my way around Wiki. I am an electrical engineer by training and a Wannabe Renaissance Man by armchair. Originally from Northern Virginia, I moved to the Silicon Valley 25+ years ago to work and raise my family. My kids think my knowledge is like an ocean that covers the earth. But, I'll add that such a notion is a shallow ocean.
As my kids (they are twins) went through school they had a lot of trouble understanding the atom. They found my explanations made this difficult subject much more comprehensible than what they received in science class. Once I got my analogy of atomic theory into their heads, my children could “see” how pressure and heat can turn carbon to diamond, why the transformation increases carbon’s density, and why the diamond bonds are so strong. They can now understand the chemistry of why mayonnaise emulsifies oil with vinegar. I didn’t get that understanding from 8th grade science and chemistry, nor even high school. They were often far ahead of their classmates in many areas of middle and high school. From a class of 900, I like to think I had something to do with the payoff of watching them walk to the podium to receive awards at graduation. Their names were announced 21 times from the graduation program pamphlet. Now in college, they have told me that my explanations, on a multitude of subjects, have often placed them significantly ahead of classmates. They ask me to write a book, so this is its beginning.
A_New_Model_of_the_Atom is intended for intermediate and high school students (or any non-physicist adult) desiring a better understanding of atoms and how they create molecules. I welcome constructive criticism. Please let me know if parts are unclear or need expansion. If readers find this useful, I'll add more ways to understand some complex issues without math. I'd like to expand upon the duality of light and add some drawings to the "Double-Slit" experiment. Some other possible subjects include:
- "How Neutrinos Can Travel Through a Wall of Lead One Light Year Thick"
- "How a Teaspoon of Neutrons can Weigh 1 Billion Tons"
- "How Dark Matter and Dark Energy Could Give Shape to the Cosmos"
- "Why One Cannot Make an Electrical Generator Big Enough to Run an Electric Motor to Run the Generator"