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Quantisation of Charge

  1. Jan 20, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Quantisation means charge always exist in integral multiples of magnitude of charge of electron and to put it mathematically we say q = ne, where n is an integer 1,2,3,4 ... -1,-2,-3,... etc. Numerous print and web materials say that charge cannot exist in fraction or decimal, i.e, 2.3e, 4.6e etc. Agreed.

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution
    The value of e is 1.6*10^-19 C which itself contradicts the statement that no fraction or decimals is possible while dealing with charge. Also if we take n = 2, we get q = 3.2*10^-19, n =3 means q = 4.8 *10^-19 which are all fractions. Can experts throw light on this aspect? Thanks in advance
     
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  3. Jan 21, 2015 #2
    It means charge exists in multiples of integers. An easy way to put it is if you divide the value of a charge by 1.6*10^-19, you'll always get an integer and never a fraction.
     
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