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Elementary particles -their place in atom

  1. Aug 18, 2011 #1
    elementary particles --their place in atom

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Do elementary particles reside inside the nucleus alone?

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    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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  3. Aug 18, 2011 #2

    PeterO

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    Re: elementary particles --their place in atom

    Which elementary particles were you referring to?
     
  4. Aug 18, 2011 #3
    Re: elementary particles --their place in atom

    leptons, baryons, etc etc
     
  5. Apr 23, 2012 #4
    Re: elementary particles --their place in atom

    Protons and neutrons comprise the nucleus. Both protons and neutrons and made up of three quarks, a type of elementary particle. So yes, elementary particles, building blocks of matter, reside in the nucleus of an atom.
     
  6. Apr 23, 2012 #5

    DaveC426913

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    Re: elementary particles --their place in atom

    Please do not answer the OP's question until s/he has made an attempt at answering it him/herself.

    This is the rules, and it is strictly enforced:
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=414380
     
  7. Apr 23, 2012 #6

    DaveC426913

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    Re: elementary particles --their place in atom

    The question is ambiguous. It could mean either:

    1] Do elementary particles reside inside the nucleus on their own (as opposed to part of another structure)?
    2] Do elementary particles reside inside the nucleus only (as opposed to also residing elsewhere)?

    Can you rephrase?
     
  8. Apr 23, 2012 #7
    Re: elementary particles --their place in atom

    Oh, sorry. I didn't even notice this was in the "homework help" section- I just felt like it was more of a factual than logical or mathematical question... no real way to figure out the answer without knowing a bit of information, and no real thought needed once this information was known. I'll pay more attention next time.
     
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