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Why Don't Electrons Spin Into the Center of the Nucleus?

  1. Mar 19, 2012 #1
    I was doing some reasearch on electrons, and I found that they have both particle and wave like characteristics. Is this the reason why? because they travel in waves around a nucleus? or am I missing a piece of the puzzel? :smile:

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  3. Mar 19, 2012 #2
    Electrons are more like a probability wave around the nucleus. For hydrogen, its electron is most commonly found at the Bohr radius, as it has the highest probability of being found there. It has an almost zero probability to be found at the nucleus, though that can still happen.
     
  4. Mar 19, 2012 #3

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