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Electron &proton

  1. Jul 4, 2015 #1

    JML

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    If positive and negative charges attract each other, why don't electrons just stick to the protons?
     
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  3. Jul 4, 2015 #2

    mathman

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    Explanation from quantum theory. Esssentially a hydrogen atom ground state is the lowest energy level.
     
  4. Jul 4, 2015 #3

    Drakkith

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    Because electrons and protons are not like small, solid billiard balls. They behave VERY differently than how you're used to objects behaving. There's no simple answer and a proper understanding would require getting into Quantum Theory. If you're interested you can start with the following article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Introduction_to_quantum_mechanics
     
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