Impact parameters

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can anyone tell me what the impact parameter represents in a simple scattering of particles?
 

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whether you hit the particle dead center, or some distance from dead center (as to glance, or miss even).
 
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Meir Achuz
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can anyone tell me what the impact parameter represents in a simple scattering of particles?
The impact parameter is the distance of closest approach to the scattering center you would have if there were no scattering.
 

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