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Atoms In Motion

"There is nothing that living things do that cannot be understood from the point
of view that they are made of atoms acting according to the laws of physics"
– Richard P. Feynman



Welcome to Atoms In Motion

Discover the fundamental nature of matter; everything is made of atoms. The atomic theory is brought to life in "Atoms in Motion" — a fully interactive atomistic simulation that uses sophisticated Molecular Dynamics (MD) algorithms to perform computational chemistry calculations right on your iPad®. Such computations reveal the motions of atoms as they attract, repel, and collide with one another.

Fun for all ages – in this simulation you control the atoms! With the tap of the finger you can add, delete, or highlight atoms within the simulation. With a gentle touch you can move, place, or throw atoms. With the swipe of a finger you can control the temperature and explore the states-of-matter (solids, liquids, and gases). Discover the physics behind the ideal gas laws, and perform your own experiments by changing the volume, the number of atoms in the simulation, or the temperature.

This Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulation includes realistic interatomic potentials of four noble gas elements: Helium, Neon, Argon, and Krypton (the van der Waals forces are computed using a Lennard-Jones 6-12 potential). The MD simulation continuously computes the pressure, and dynamically plots the pressure versus temperature, volume, or the number of atoms. Users can vary the temperature from near absolute zero to over 500K, and add up to 1,000 atoms to the simulation.

Salts: atoms, ions, and electrons

Atoms and ions are brought to life in "Salts" -- a fully interactive atomistic simulation that reveals the motions of atoms and ions as they interact to form beautiful crystals. Discover the physics behind the structures and properties of these minerals, and explore the effects of charge and ionic radii on melting points, bond strength, and crystal lattices.

Fun for all ages! In this App you can interact with a sophisticated computational chemistry simulation right on your iPad. This 2-D Molecular Dynamics simulation computes the motions of atoms and ions as they attract or repel, and collide with one another. Modeled after the user interactions from "Atoms in Motion": with the tap of a finger you can add, delete, and move atoms, pinch or expand to dynamically change the volume, and with a gentle swipe of your finger the temperature can be scaled between 1 - 1,500K. Now as you build and create experiments, you can easily save, manage, and organize them from within the App.

Learn about Coulomb's law, the states-of-matter, and the behaviors of ionic solids, liquids, and gases! This Molecular Dynamics simulation solves the pairwise Coulombic interactions between ions and includes a strong repulsive shell to define their radius. "Salts" includes the following ions: Na+, Cl-, Ca2+, and S2-; and a neutral gas atom: He. In the simulation you can readily make NaCl (Sodium Chloride) and CaS (Calcium Sulfide) crystals -- both of which have the rock salt structure. Alternatively, you can create more complex salts such as CaCl2 (Calcium Chloride) and Na2S (Sodium Sulfide) to explore the effects of balancing charges within the crystals. Finally, the simulation includes helium (He), which is a neutral noble gas element that interacts through van der Waals forces.

Enjoy the Atoms!