6th Grade Science:  5 Differences between atoms and molecules

1. Size   Molecules are generally bigger and will have multiple atoms

2. Composition  Protons, Electrons, Neutrons make an atom.   Many atoms make a molecule

3. Physical state  Atoms are typically gaseous. Molecules can be solid, liquid, or gas.

4. Behavior Atoms interact to form Molecules. Molecules interact to form compounds

5.Variety and Count:  There are 118 recognised elements - each with a distinct atom.   There are infinite number of molecule types formed by combining the 118 types of atoms.

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