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Force that keeps sub atomic particles of an atom together

  1. Aug 3, 2008 #1

    I am in sorts about Radioactivity, I would like to know what other force keeps sub atomic particles of an atom from coming apart? I realize that gravitational pull is not what holds the particles together, but is there a more dominant force that does so? Does that also further break apart in a nucleus?
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  3. Aug 3, 2008 #2


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    Re: Radiohead...

    There are two nuclear forces. The strong force is responsible for holding the nucleons together to form a nucleus. The weak force is the mediator for certain radioactive decay processes - those involving electrons or positrons.
  4. Aug 3, 2008 #3
    Re: Radiohead...

    Thanks mathman, much respect. That cleared things up for me.
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