Confused about the Pauli Exclusion Principle....

In summary, the principle of quantum mechanics known as the Pauli Exclusion Principle states that no two spin 1/2 particles, such as electrons, can be in the exact same state. This applies to all fermions, including protons, and has important consequences such as filling up energy states in atoms and creating solidity in matter. This concept is a fundamental part of Quantum Field Theory and is essential to understanding the behavior of subatomic particles.
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The principle states that two electrons cannot have the same quantum numbers. And I've read that this applies to "fermions"- protons, neutrons, 1/2 spin particles. But how exactly does this apply to, say, a proton? Sorry if I sound stupid...I've got all my knowledge about this through the internet. I'm in the 10th grade as well. So I'm not too fimiliar with the complex stuff :') Thanks!
 
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The same way for any spin 1/2 particles - it matters not as far as this is concerned

There is this thing called a quantum state which is a property quantum particles have. It allows us to predict the probabilities of the outcomes of observations. There is a very important theorem of the most advanced form of quantum theory, called Quantum Field Theory, known as the spin statistics theorem:
http://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/3457#t=aboutBook

What this theorem says, is for spin 1/2 particles, no two particles can be in exactly the same state - its called the Pauli Exclusion Principle

This has all sorts of interesting consequences. For example the states of electrons (they are spin 2 particles) in atoms can only take on certain values - usually described by the energy in those states. But since no two electrons can be in the same state they get filled up from the lowest energy to the highest. If you try to push two atoms together they attempt to fill up states already filled - but the exclusion principle says you can't do that. It resits it and says - no. In fact this is the very origin of solidity:


For protons check out the following:
http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/nuclear/shellpau.html

Thanks
Bill
 

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What is the Pauli Exclusion Principle?

The Pauli Exclusion Principle is a fundamental principle in quantum mechanics that states that no two identical fermions (particles with half-integer spin) can occupy the same quantum state simultaneously.

Why is the Pauli Exclusion Principle important?

The Pauli Exclusion Principle is important because it helps explain the behavior of particles at the quantum level. It also plays a crucial role in determining the properties of atoms and molecules, as well as the stability of matter.

What are some examples of particles that follow the Pauli Exclusion Principle?

Some examples of particles that follow the Pauli Exclusion Principle include electrons, protons, neutrons, and quarks.

How does the Pauli Exclusion Principle affect electron configurations?

The Pauli Exclusion Principle limits the number of electrons that can occupy a certain energy level and sublevel in an atom. This helps determine the unique electron configurations of different elements.

Does the Pauli Exclusion Principle have any exceptions?

Yes, the Pauli Exclusion Principle has a few exceptions, such as the exchange energy of electrons in the same orbital and the pairing of electrons with opposite spins in certain situations. However, these exceptions still follow the overall principle that no two identical fermions can occupy the same quantum state simultaneously.

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