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When an object becomes very cold do the electrons stop revolving ?

  1. Apr 1, 2012 #1
    I thought that electrons revolve around the proton faster when the material is hot, and slower if it's cold, if that's not true then from where do the electrons gain the energy to constantly revolve?
     
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  3. Apr 1, 2012 #2

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    Electrons don't revolve around the nucleus. They exist in quantum levels. When the material is cold they tend to be at the lowest possible levels.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electron_configuration

    http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/quantumzone/bohr2.html [Broken]

    The first reference is a complete description. The second is an excerpt which might help you understand the physics a little better.
     
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