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kym02

  • one year ago

why is it easier to 'hit' a nucleus with a neutron than with a proton?

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  1. theEric
    • one year ago
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    I really don't know. But if I had to guess, I'd think about the charge. What do you think?

  2. theEric
    • one year ago
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    Think about the nucleus, the neutron, and proton.

  3. kym02
    • one year ago
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    I was thinking the same thing...ehh i dont know :l

  4. theEric
    • one year ago
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    Well, copy and paste this, and list their charges: Neutron: Proton: Nucleus:

  5. kym02
    • one year ago
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    Neutron: neutral Proton: +1 Nucleus: +1

  6. theEric
    • one year ago
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    Right! And that's good enough. Really, the nucleus will have a +1 charge for each proton, so the total charge is +1\(\times\) the number of protons. So, you know the like charges repel, right?

  7. kym02
    • one year ago
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    yep

  8. theEric
    • one year ago
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    Right! So, you have this.|dw:1398301781038:dw| Which will be easier to move, and why?

  9. theEric
    • one year ago
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    If you need a hint, think about the repelling. That electrostatic force.

  10. kym02
    • one year ago
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    oh so since the protons and nucleus are positively charged, repulsion will thus occur making it difficult to hit the nucleus. And since the neutron is neutral, it won't have any effect. Infact, it would actually be attracted to the nucleus. Am I right?

  11. kym02
    • one year ago
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    oh wait, scratch that attracted part 'cause opposite attracts.

  12. theEric
    • one year ago
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    With your edit, you're completely correct! :) I think you covered it all!

  13. kym02
    • one year ago
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    That was quite simple :)

  14. theEric
    • one year ago
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    After you broke it down, yep! :)

  15. kym02
    • one year ago
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    Thanks for your help!

  16. theEric
    • one year ago
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    That's what a lot of problems take. They're complex when you think of everything together. But it's easier when you understand it, which sometimes breaking down pieces so you can understand them and put the pieces back together. Then the problem will be easier.

  17. kym02
    • one year ago
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    hmm yeah indeed!

  18. theEric
    • one year ago
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    Your welcome! :) Take care!

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