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This is the portal for the Concord Consortium's Science of Atoms and Molecules Project (SAM), a collection of field-tested activities designed to integrate biology, chemistry, and physics. Each activity provides guided explorations through simulations and models, all within a framework that builds a foundation for understanding atomic/molecular structure. The collection features four themes: motion and energy, charge, atoms/molecules, and light. The overarching concept that connects all four is that atoms and molecules are the fundamental basis for all interactions.

The models are all free to all registered users. Registration allows teachers to set up classroom groups, capture student data, and store student work products.

SAM is part of the Concord Consortium, an NSF-supported project that provides a library of "deeply digital" examples to support technology-based curriculum materials. The collection covers a wide range of topics in physics, biology, and chemistry.

Please note that this resource requires Java, or Quicktime, or Flash.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
General Physics
- Collections
Modern Physics
- Atomic Physics
= Atomic Models
- Nuclear Physics
= Models of the Nucleus
Other Sciences
- Chemistry
- High School
- Middle School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Informal Education
- Collection
- Instructional Material
= Instructor Guide/Manual
= Interactive Simulation
= Model
= Problem/Problem Set
- Audio/Visual
= Image/Image Set
= Movie/Animation
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Learners
- Administrators
- Researchers
- Educators
- General Publics
- text/html
- application/flash
- application/java
- video/quicktime
- image/png
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Access to web site is free. Users may register for additional free access to data capture and to store student work products.
© 2010 The Concord Consortium
atom simulations, atomic simulations, atomic structure, atomic/molecular, modeling, molecular simulations, molecular structure, molecule simulations
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Metadata instance created May 4, 2011 by Caroline Hall
Record Updated:
August 14, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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SAM: Science of Atoms and Molecules, (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2010), <>.
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SAM: Science of Atoms and Molecules. (2011, January 31). Retrieved December 18, 2017, from The Concord Consortium:
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The Concord Consortium. SAM: Science of Atoms and Molecules. Concord: The Concord Consortium, January 31, 2011. (accessed 18 December 2017).
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SAM: Science of Atoms and Molecules. Concord: The Concord Consortium, 2010. 31 Jan. 2011. 18 Dec. 2017 <>.
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