Since it has no charge, what purpose does a Neutron serve in an Atom ?

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Offline Joe L. Ogan

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Since a Neutron has no electrical charge, does it do anything in an Atom?  Thanks for comments.  Joe L. Ogan

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It overcomes the tendency of the nucleus to fly apart under the magnetic repulsion of one proton to another.

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It overcomes the tendency of the nucleus to fly apart under the magnetic repulsion of one proton to another.
Electric, not magnetic.

A "strong force" acts between nucleons (that is, between 2 protons, between 2 neutrons or between a proton and a neutron); for complicated reasons (due to other quantistic properties of the nucleons) a nucleus made of only protons would be unstable and you have to put (Very approximately!) two neutrons every proton to make it ~ stable.
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