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# High School Chemistry Problem. How big and atom would be if the nucleus was a basketball?

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June 17, 2019 / By Aubrie
Question: The mass of an atom is concentrated in its nucleus - a small, dense sphere with a diameter about 10 to the negative 5th that of the atom. Most of the size of an atom is apparently empty space! How can the dimensions of the nucleus and the atom be translated to things that can be seen and understand in the ordinary world? A basketball will be used to represent the nucleus of the atom. How far away would the outer edge of the atom be? I need step by step directions because I'm trying to figure out how to write up my procedure in my lab report.

## Best Answers: High School Chemistry Problem. How big and atom would be if the nucleus was a basketball?

Abaigeal | 6 days ago
The atom has a diameter about 10^5 times that of the nucleus. That is 100,000 times as large What is the size of a basketball? I checked Wikipedia for this and found that a men's ball is 29.5 inches circumference. I have taken this to be close to 25cm or 0.25m diameter. The atom will have diameter = 0.25*10^5 = 25,000m or 25km in diameter. The edge of the atom would be 12.5km away from the basketball.
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It would be MUCH bigger. Assuming a basketball is roughly 10cm diameter, or 0.1m, the boundary would be 0.1*10^5m or 1000m in each direction. Bigger than a football stadium (the nucleus is VERY small even though most of the mass is there. Hope it helps.
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