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Rank the following in order of increasing volume: (a) bacterium, (b) virus, (c) water molecule.

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If we look at the three items, we see the water molecule is made up of just three atoms. This means the water molecule has to be smallest in size. Second comes the virus with a size ranging from 20 nm20\text{ nm} to 400 nm400\text{ nm}. Lastly, comes the bacterium whose size usually varies from 0.5μm0.5\,\mu\text{m} to 5.0μm5.0\,\mu\text{m}. So, ranking the items in an ascending order of size as follows:

(c) Water molecule<(b) Virus<(a) Bacterium\text{(c) Water molecule} < \text{(b) Virus} < \text{(a) Bacterium}

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