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Chapter 3, Problem 57E
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The introduction to this chapter states that everything is made of atoms, including ourselves. Does that affect the way you view human life? Do the atoms in our bodies follow the same physical laws as atoms in soil or rocks or water? If so, does this make human life any less unique?

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Interpretation:

The statement, “Human life is composed of atoms, and those atoms follow the same physical laws, and this makes human life less unique than rock and soil” is to be explained.

Concept Introduction:

 Atom is the smallest particle that is capable of independent existence. All the atoms are composed of same subatomic particles, that is, electrons, protons, and neutrons.

 Atoms of different elements have different physical and chemical properties. This is because of the difference in their number of electrons.

 Atoms are present in both living and nonliving things with the difference that, in living things, atoms combine to form molecules, which then aggregate to form cells.

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Human body is composed of atoms just like any other thing in this universe. It is rather composed of numerous atoms of various elements, such as carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. These atoms combine to form molecules. These molecules form the basis of life in human beings and are termed as biomolecules. Apart from these, human body also contains atoms which are in the same form as that present in non-living things, such as sodium and oxygen...

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