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How protons electrons and neutrons relate to an atom's characteristics

  1. Jun 27, 2013 #1
    So i was wondering if perhaps a atoms electrons protons and neutrons determine all of its characteristics, such as the hydrogen atom. having only one electron and one proton. it makes it turn into a liquid and solid very close together, and a gas anything above about -259.1°C. and the characteristics of all the others, determined by their particles. it may sound crazy but might it be possible?
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  3. Jun 28, 2013 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Bulk properties are generally considered emergent from simpler underlying rules - the atomic structures being key.
    However, bulk properties are not entirely defined by the atomic structure of it's constituents - i.e. a solid may have a crack in it ... the structure of the crack is not predictable from the atomic structure.

    But then - emergent properties are seldom predictable.
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