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Explanation of the mass and charge of the proton

  1. May 29, 2009 #1
    How can quantum mechanics propose an explanation of the mass and charge of the proton using particles with partial charges and guessed at mass but ignore the mass and charge of the electron?
     
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  3. May 29, 2009 #2

    malawi_glenn

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    Re: Electron

    What?
     
  4. May 29, 2009 #3
    Re: Electron

    A strong interaction. Wow what a strong response. I am sure all the common people immediately grasped your intuitive answer.
     
  5. May 29, 2009 #4

    malawi_glenn

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    Re: Electron

    No "its a strong interaction" is my signature....

    "what?" refers to that I have no idea what you are talking about "but ignore the mass and charge of the electron? "
     
  6. May 30, 2009 #5

    Pengwuino

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    Re: Electron

    I'm going to take a shot in the dark and say this has something to do with quarks...
     
  7. May 30, 2009 #6
    Re: Electron

    Malawi I'm sorry.

    Peng, your right. I was referring to the quarks that QM uses to explain the protons mass and charge but it has no particles to explain the electrons mass and charge. One would think that whatever explains the charge of a proton the exact opposite would explain the charge of an electron.
     
  8. May 31, 2009 #7

    malawi_glenn

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    Re: Electron

    No since we know that the proton is a composite object by performing scattering experiments (c.f. Rutherford scattering on atoms, we now found that the proton is build up by point charges)

    So far, no experiment has shown any composition of the electron.
     
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