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Is a positive charge attracted to the electrons around atoms?

  1. Oct 22, 2014 #1
    An atom has an equal amount of positive and negative charges. But those charges are not all in exactly the same spot. Electrons are closer to other atoms than the protons are. So, would a lone positive charge be attracted towards the electrons in an atom?
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  3. Oct 22, 2014 #2
  4. Oct 22, 2014 #3
    Cool, thanks for your reply. I took chemistry in high school but I never realised that covalent bonds were simply atoms being attracted to each other.
  5. Oct 22, 2014 #4


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    In fact, all bonds at atomic and molecular level are caused by electromagnetism. The scale is far too small for gravitational forces to play a role and the strong and weak forces mainly affect processes on the nuclear level.

    A good rule of thumb is that if it has an effect on you, is not radioactive, and not gravity - then it is electromagnetism.
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