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Strong nuclear force

  1. Feb 24, 2012 #1
    Hi all,

    I read a while ago that there was a force that increased as distance increased. So I went to look around, and I read that it is supposedly the "strong nuclear force". However, reading up on the details, it didn't really seem to be the case at all.

    I found this image for the relation between distance and force:

    And sure, there is a small region for which the force becomes stronger as the distance increases (actually, it's the other way around, the force becomes weaker as the distance decreases, as the typical separation distance is at the height of the force).

    So what is up with this "increased distance increased force"? Are they really only referring to that small region of the graph for which this is true?
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  3. Feb 24, 2012 #2


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    Short answer - yes.
  4. Feb 25, 2012 #3
    are you sure you arent confusing the strong force with the residual strong force?
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