Notation for Weak Nuclear Force Particles

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The notations are: [itex]W^+[/itex], [itex]W^-[/itex], and [itex]Z^0[/itex]. I'm assuming the W stands for Weak. But, why Z for the neutral one? Is there even a reason?
 

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Vanadium 50
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Why does there have to be a reason? Why do we say "lion" instead of "really big cat with a mane"?
 
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ahaanomegas, I looked on Wikipedia and found the answer immediately. I bet you could too! :smile:
 
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Hmm, so calling it Z0 is actually redundant!
 

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