An Analogy for the Atom

Rate this resource

This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, is designed for students who have already studied the topic of atomic structure, intra-atomic forces and ‘the atom is a tiny solar system’ comparison. Students are provided with diagrams showing a simple model of an atom and of the solar system and asked questions relating to the forces of attraction acting in each case.

The activity elicits students’ ideas about the forces acting in an atom and in a solar system and provides them with the opportunity to demonstrate their appreciation of the ways in which atoms and solar systems are similar or different. This is to some extent an open-ended task as there is room for students to use their imagination and creativity to suggest comparisons.

Show health and safety information

Please be aware that resources have been published on the website in the form that they were originally supplied. This means that procedures reflect general practice and standards applicable at the time resources were produced and cannot be assumed to be acceptable today. Website users are fully responsible for ensuring that any activity, including practical work, which they carry out is in accordance with current regulations related to health and safety and that an appropriate risk assessment has been carried out.

Show downloads

Published by


Share this resource

Lists that tag this content

Atomic Structure, POSTED BY