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B Are electrons bound to the nucleis?

  1. Jul 6, 2018 #1
    I'm not questioning whether electrons exist or whether or not they have a role in chemical bonding. I'm just asking how we know the nucleis and electrons are just parts of a larger whole, aka the atom.
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  3. Jul 6, 2018 #2


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    Welcome to PF!

    The word "bound" implies they are fixed in place, which they aren't. However they are attracted to the nucleus and mostly kept in their orbitals/shells by electromagnetism. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electron#Atomic_theory
  4. Jul 12, 2018 #3


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    Did Russ answer you question ?
    do you need any other clarification ?

    Responding to people who help you is the polite thing to do :smile:

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