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Is there any relationship between quarks and quanta?

  1. Jun 18, 2015 #1
    I am a junior in high school and after I spent some time studying quarks and antiquarks, I continue to raise more questions about their relationship to other fundamental quantities. I tried searching the internet for answers but the posts I've been reading only raised more questions for me. Are quarks related to quanta in any way? If they are related, what is their relationship to each other? Do quarks emit or absorb energy when they form subatomic particles? Is it possible to measure the amount of energy emitted from quarks if they do? Is there any known way to predict whether leptons will form a hard or soft or black or white electron? According to the concept of superposition, electrons have been observed to 'alternate' between characteristics of hard or soft and black and white, does this have anything to do with the behavior of the leptons that makeup the electrons? How can this be proven? Is there any mathematical relationship that answers any of the above questions?
    Please clarify if I have any misconceptions about these particles.
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  3. Jun 18, 2015 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    Ok, lets take it one step at a time and look at your first question then once that's sorted go onto the next.

    The thing is exactly what do you mean by quanta? Some people think that in QM things like energy etc are always quantised. That's false - so if that's what you mean then there is no relation because the concept is incorrect.

    The other thing I would suggest is to get the Kindle version of the following book which will provide a good background in discussing this stuff at the lay level:

    It's dirt cheap so hopefully getting it will not be a problem.

  4. Jun 19, 2015 #3
    Thank you
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