When an electron is orbiting a proton, why is it not compelled to be attracted to the proton? Why doesn't it stick to the proton?
The fact that it loses energy prevents it from being attracted to the proton?Imp, basically yes. The historical problem was that the electron is a charged body, thus it is supposed to radiate, losing energy and then losing centrufugal force. This was the problem adressed, and solved, with quantum mechanics.
No, it's still attracted, which is why there is a bound system. QM shows that in bound systems, energy levels are quantized. IOW, not all states are available to the electron - the ground state orbit is as low in energy as it can get.Imparcticle said:The fact that it loses energy prevents it from being attracted to the proton?
Just how was it resolved?