Problem: In the Make Molecules page of the PhET simulation, drag the atoms from the labeled bins onto the blank canvas to construct a molecule. The yellow arrows next to Kit #1 can be clicked to obtain a new set of atoms. Atoms can be bonded to another atom by dragging them adjacent to one another. When a valid molecule is created, the name will be displayed. Using the simulation as a guide, match each chemical formula (also known as a molecular formula) with the description of its constituent atoms.Drag the appropriate labels to their respective targets.Although the smallest representative unit of an element is the atom, most matter occurs in nature as molecules or ions. Molecules are composed of multiple atoms connected together by bonds.Click on the image to explore this simulation and build your own molecules from the given kits. When you click this simulation link, you may be asked whether to run, open, or save the file. Choose to run or open it.When the simulation, select Make Molecules from the main page. When Make Molecules is selected you should see Kit #1 with a bin labeled 'Hydrogen" and a bin labeled "Oxygen." The atoms in the bin can be dragged to the area above and bonded to another atom by moving them adjacent to one another. The completed molecule can then be dragged to the collection area to the right. Clicking on the yellow arrow next to Kit #1 will switch to another kit. Clicking Collect Multiple brings up a similar window but the goal here is to create multiple copies of each molecule. Clicking Larger Molecules brings up a similar window but larger molecules can be created and more atoms are available.

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In the Make Molecules page of the PhET simulation, drag the atoms from the labeled bins onto the blank canvas to construct a molecule. The yellow arrows next to Kit #1 can be clicked to obtain a new set of atoms. Atoms can be bonded to another atom by dragging them adjacent to one another. When a valid molecule is created, the name will be displayed. Using the simulation as a guide, match each chemical formula (also known as a molecular formula) with the description of its constituent atoms.

Drag the appropriate labels to their respective targets.


Although the smallest representative unit of an element is the atom, most matter occurs in nature as molecules or ions. Molecules are composed of multiple atoms connected together by bonds.

Click on the image to explore this simulation and build your own molecules from the given kits. When you click this simulation link, you may be asked whether to run, open, or save the file. Choose to run or open it.

When the simulation, select Make Molecules from the main page. When Make Molecules is selected you should see Kit #1 with a bin labeled 'Hydrogen" and a bin labeled "Oxygen." The atoms in the bin can be dragged to the area above and bonded to another atom by moving them adjacent to one another. The completed molecule can then be dragged to the collection area to the right. Clicking on the yellow arrow next to Kit #1 will switch to another kit. Clicking Collect Multiple brings up a similar window but the goal here is to create multiple copies of each molecule. Clicking Larger Molecules brings up a similar window but larger molecules can be created and more atoms are available.

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