anonymous
  • anonymous
why is it easier to 'hit' a nucleus with a neutron than with a proton?
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schrodinger
  • schrodinger
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theEric
  • theEric
I really don't know. But if I had to guess, I'd think about the charge. What do you think?
theEric
  • theEric
Think about the nucleus, the neutron, and proton.
anonymous
  • anonymous
I was thinking the same thing...ehh i dont know :l

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theEric
  • theEric
Well, copy and paste this, and list their charges: Neutron: Proton: Nucleus:
anonymous
  • anonymous
Neutron: neutral Proton: +1 Nucleus: +1
theEric
  • theEric
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?
anonymous
  • anonymous
yep
theEric
  • theEric
Right! So, you have this.|dw:1398301781038:dw| Which will be easier to move, and why?
theEric
  • theEric
If you need a hint, think about the repelling. That electrostatic force.
anonymous
  • anonymous
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?
anonymous
  • anonymous
oh wait, scratch that attracted part 'cause opposite attracts.
theEric
  • theEric
With your edit, you're completely correct! :) I think you covered it all!
anonymous
  • anonymous
That was quite simple :)
theEric
  • theEric
After you broke it down, yep! :)
anonymous
  • anonymous
Thanks for your help!
theEric
  • theEric
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.
anonymous
  • anonymous
hmm yeah indeed!
theEric
  • theEric
Your welcome! :) Take care!

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