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Why is electric charge quantized?

  1. Dec 11, 2013 #1

    kye

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    What is the mainstream answer? And why is asking if the electric charge is quantized important? What does it mean to have charge that is not quantized?
     
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  3. Dec 12, 2013 #2

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    At one level, you are asking "why are there electrons?" That is probably not a question that mainstream physics can answer (though some particle theorists might be looking a reason).

    Unless you are considering charges that are a similar size to one electron, the quantization usually isn't important,and you can assume charge distributions, electric currents, etc are continuous.
     
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