How Small Is An Atom? Spoiler: Very Small.

  • Published: 20 January 2015
  • Atoms are very weird. Wrapping your head around exactly how weird, is close to impossible – how can you describe something that is SO removed from humans experience? But then again, they kind of make up everything, so let us try anyways.

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    How Small is an Atom? Spoiler: Very small.

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    • Vae Victus
      Vae Victus  1 days back

      Hello, your description sentence about "You can the MUSIC from the video here:" is grammatically wrong... Just a tiny heads-up. Thank you.

    • Epic2019Shift
      Epic2019Shift  2 months back

      New Sub. Best wishes. Thanks for sharing, Lord-Jesus-Christ com

    • TZO_Ghoul
      TZO_Ghoul  3 months back

      @Aryan Das but that would a paradox if everything is made up of something smaller, it could go to something infinitely small which is impossible, and would change a lot of the way we see the world

    • Aryan Das
      Aryan Das  3 months back

      @TZO_Ghoul right, u got a good ideology, i even believe that as something is bigger/smaller w.r.t. us, there might be something like a much bigger quark which is made up of Multiverses/universes....?? And maybe there is a universe inside the smallest discovered entity?

    • TZO_Ghoul
      TZO_Ghoul  4 months back

      Wait wouldn't that mean that atoms are not the smallest objects in the universe, since they are made up of quarks? If so that would mean even quarks would have to be made of something even smaller right? But if that is the case it means there would be even smaller things making up the objects that make up quarks? If that makes any sense, also meaning that there could be something in our universe that would be thousands of times smaller then atoms. Now that would be an interesting thought?

  • Keith Warner
    Keith Warner  4 hours back


    • Sicko_saiyan
      Sicko_saiyan  12 hours back

      I'm in 5th grade and this is helpful for my test

      • Satendr Singh
        Satendr Singh  1 days back

        This is why I dont like physics

        • Apptor
          Apptor  2 days back

          What the fuck is a rice corn

          • Jeff Kevin
            Jeff Kevin  4 days back

            Never trust an atom; they make up everything.

            • Wot
              Wot  4 days back

              Why does the girl at 4:06 have a pokeball belt?🤔

              • Pizza Time
                Pizza Time  4 days back

                Hitler: 2:03

                • Tenly2009
                  Tenly2009  4 days back

                  For a long time, we thought that atoms were the smallest thing that existed in the universe. Now, scientists are saying that quarks are - and that the Planck length is the smallest size possible. How confident are we that this is true and that we will not find out someday that a quark can be broken down into trillions of some new thing that we have yet to discover...?

                  • Layfon Aotsuki
                    Layfon Aotsuki  6 days back

                    Just WOW😲

                    • Manahil Saleem
                      Manahil Saleem  6 days back

                      OMG!!!Atoms are so small!!!
                      Thanks for telling!!!!👏😘

                      • anonymous cheez
                        anonymous cheez  6 days back

                        it took my chemistry teacher like 30 mins to explain this

                        • Evan Woods
                          Evan Woods  6 days back

                          If all atoms one an element are the same then wth are isotopes and ions?

                          • poko king
                            poko king  6 days back

                            How small are atoms SMALL

                            • E Kibs
                              E Kibs  1 weeks back

                              "Do you feel confused right now?" Yes, sexually.

                              • ソナソン
                                ソナソン  1 weeks back

                                Thank u sweeeet!

                                • Eleanor Evarts
                                  Eleanor Evarts  1 weeks back

                                  That was confusing...but awesome.

                                  • *Cloudwyrms *
                                    *Cloudwyrms *  1 weeks back


                                    • Kまふ
                                      Kまふ  2 weeks back


                                      • Emile Lalande
                                        Emile Lalande  2 weeks back

                                        the amount of neutron can vary for every atom of hydrogen (most of them have 0 neutron) so they are not the same

                                        • Lithunoisan Hussars
                                          Lithunoisan Hussars  2 weeks back

                                          They’re only small compared to us

                                          • Jeong Hwang
                                            Jeong Hwang  2 weeks back

                                            What are ions?

                                            • M Eight
                                              M Eight  2 weeks back

                                              845 brainless antimatters:p

                                              • Gabbo717
                                                Gabbo717  3 weeks back

                                                2:29 its incorrect... there are maximum 2 electrons in the first circle

                                                • Dirk Knight
                                                  Dirk Knight  3 weeks back

                                                  Atoms are actually fairly large. We are now probing scales that are billions of times smaller.

                                                  • Farley Kendall
                                                    Farley Kendall  3 weeks back

                                                    Thank mam, we r drink

                                                    • Dhruv Sood
                                                      Dhruv Sood  3 weeks back

                                                      Thank ma’am we are drink it

                                                      • Farley Kendall
                                                        Farley Kendall  3 weeks back


                                                        • Daria Marinescu
                                                          Daria Marinescu  3 weeks back

                                                          Me and the entire class laughed our asses off at 2:00. I came here to check out the video that our chem teach showed us and leave a like

                                                          • theminecrafter3000
                                                            theminecrafter3000  3 weeks back

                                                            2:21 TARDIS WAVE

                                                            • DJMaocetonte
                                                              DJMaocetonte  3 weeks back

                                                              2:03 It's like Hitler jajajajja

                                                              • Rahul Raj
                                                                Rahul Raj  4 weeks back

                                                                Hey why is there a poster for crash course on 4:36

                                                                • BossKillerRobux YT
                                                                  BossKillerRobux YT  4 weeks back

                                                                  I got this video from my Usborne Science Encyclopedia by scanning the QR code in a page that forgot where it is lol

                                                                  • Michael V
                                                                    Michael V  4 weeks back

                                                                    So shape of atoms matches at best with wallpapers from the 70's 😄

                                                                    • theminecrafter3000
                                                                      theminecrafter3000  4 weeks back

                                                                      animation is top notch

                                                                      • CashCow 37
                                                                        CashCow 37  4 weeks back

                                                                        being completely honest I really love Steve's voice for some reason

                                                                        • paul guillory
                                                                          paul guillory  4 weeks back

                                                                          all hydrogen is the same eh
                                                                          isotopes would like to know your location

                                                                          • Mr. Weather's World
                                                                            Mr. Weather's World  4 weeks back

                                                                            Love the animation style in all your videos, and I like the small details throughout like the little text graphics that add a little bit of humor.

                                                                            • prac2
                                                                              prac2  4 weeks back

                                                                              kurzgesagt: "fluctuations"

                                                                              China: "yah well fuck you germans too!"

                                                                              • dren3187
                                                                                dren3187  4 weeks back

                                                                                Orbitals looks like pussy

                                                                                • RantsandRambles
                                                                                  RantsandRambles  1 months back

                                                                                  How do you have a point that is zero dimensions? I'm having trouble with this

                                                                                  • Donovan Collado
                                                                                    Donovan Collado  1 months back

                                                                                    girl carries quantum physics book:
                                                                                    Not a single soul:
                                                                                    that one guy from men in black:*shoots girl*

                                                                                    • kilroy987
                                                                                      kilroy987  1 months back

                                                                                      Learning about orbitals was fascinating to me, since it helped explain how some molecules are structured. However, when I took organic chemistry in college, I decided I didn't want to be an engineer, because I just didn't get all the exception rules for determining what would happen in a chemical reaction. I stopped being interested right about then.

                                                                                      • stitch noodles
                                                                                        stitch noodles  1 months back

                                                                                        ninety nine point nein nein nein nein!

                                                                                        • KeifersIsAwesome
                                                                                          KeifersIsAwesome  1 months back

                                                                                          I really miss the intro music for these old videos.

                                                                                          • Nx Xx
                                                                                            Nx Xx  1 months back

                                                                                            3:26 "The electron of an atom could be on the other side of the universe"
                                                                                            Too right to say that my mind is boggled

                                                                                            • Drone_ Better
                                                                                              Drone_ Better  1 months back

                                                                                              2:03 Previously lost footage of Hitler being informed he lost World War II. (circa. 1945, colourised.)

                                                                                              • QwQ 123
                                                                                                QwQ 123  1 months back