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Atoms = Energy

  1. Sep 24, 2006 #1
    Are atoms, or their sub particles, just concentrations of energy which do not disperse?

    This energy pushes other like energies away and thus creates a solid feeling?
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  3. Sep 24, 2006 #2


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    You're on the right track, but it's a lot more complicated than that. I'm going to leave this one for the experts.
  4. Sep 24, 2006 #3


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    Atoms and their constituent particles play quantum roulette. They suffer from particle - wave duality. It's a wave function collapse thing.
  5. Sep 24, 2006 #4

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    Yes, that would be a fair description, although it should be pointed out that the properties of particles go beyond merely how much energy they comprise. Other quantities like charge and so forth are necessary to obtain a complete desrciption of the particle.

    Matter 'feels' solid (at least on the macroscopic scale) because of various forms of electrostatic repulsion (like charge's repelling one another).

  6. Sep 26, 2006 #5
    Mtanti, energy is not something from which things are made. It is a property that things have. It's rather like colour. You perceive a thing to be red because "red" is a property of the thing. But things aren't just concentrations of red, and nor are they just concentrations of energy.

    As to what these things actually are, I don't know. Some say they are topological entities. It might be better if you picked a particular particle and asked what it is.
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