Atoms are rather strange. In many ways, they are beyond the realm of our every day experiences. This is a little perplexing, as atoms make up, well, everything. In fact, centuries ago, we thought that the foundation of everything in our universe was atoms. Now, we know that atoms are built from even smaller particles.
Since the world of the very tiny is so far from what we experience, its extremely difficult to truly fathom the atom and all the various particles that make the atom. However, since these bits of matter make up everything, let's try anyways.