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Offline thedoc

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David (its that man on the rock lol) asked the Naked Scientists:

What force keeps electrons and protons apart in an atom? Does gravity play a role in this?

Mind you, if the perception gravity is based on the warping of time, would time itself inter-act with the electrons/protons and other sub-atomic particles to created the distance away from the nucleus of the atom????
What do you think?
« Last Edit: 08/09/2016 15:35:49 by chris »


 

Offline evan_au

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Re: Does gravity play a role
« Reply #1 on: 05/09/2016 12:14:06 »
Gravity is so weak compared to the electric forces in an atom that it can be effectively ignored.

This topic has been dealt with extensively in another recent thread: http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=68158.0
 

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Re: Does gravity play a role
« Reply #2 on: 06/09/2016 15:17:35 »
Quote from: David
What force keeps electrons and protons distant from the nucleus of an atom? Does gravity play a role in this?
The Coulomb force (aka the electric force). See: http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/physics/CoulombForce.html

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Mind you, if the perception gravity is based on the warping of time, would time itself inter-act with the electrons/protons and other sub-atomic particles to created the distance away from the nucleus of the atom????
No. It's not meaningful to speak of time interacting in the way you mention.
 

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