|What do you think, would happen if all the atoms
didn't need to gain or losing electrons, and were
happy just the way they are in their neutral form?|
|Question Date: 2019-04-08|
This question is essentially asking what
would happen if there were no chemical
reactions. The short answer is, not much. Not
in the sense that little would change from the way
the universe exists currently, but rather that far
less would happen if atoms did not gain and lose
All materials are made of chemicals, and
chemical reactions are responsible for every
change that produces a new material, and chemical
reactions more or less are the gaining and losing
of electrons (
to form bonds ). (Note that this is
different from phase changes (examples of
changes), such as melting, wherein a material
retains a chemical makeup but changes from solid
to liquid.) C. If atoms did not gain or lose
photosynthesis would not be possible,
so there would be far less oxygen for living
organisms to breathe, cells could not perform
cellular respiration, meaning they could not
produce ATP for energy to do anything (not that
the cells to perform that respiration could form
anyway), nothing could be burned for cooking or
power generation, metals would not rust (I
suppose not such a bad thing), there would be
no plastics, no paper to write on, ...
Essentially, gaining and losing electrons
(i.e., participating in chemical reactions) is
necessary for life as it exists on Earth today.
If all the atoms didn't need to gain or lose
electrons, there would be no chemistry,
which means no molecules, no compounds, no non-gas
substances, and no life.
The reason atoms gain and lose electrons is
because that's what they want to do. They
aren't happy or unhappy, but they like to come
together in some ways and not others. It's like
magnets that like to come together with their
North poles all pointing the same way, but they
push each other apart if you put 2 North poles
facing each other. Atoms do something like that,
at tiny, tiny sizes.
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