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kym02 Group Title

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

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  1. theEric Group Title
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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?

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    Think about the nucleus, the neutron, and proton.

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    I was thinking the same thing...ehh i dont know :l

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  4. theEric Group Title
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    Well, copy and paste this, and list their charges: Neutron: Proton: Nucleus:

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  5. kym02 Group Title
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    Neutron: neutral Proton: +1 Nucleus: +1

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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?

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    yep

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    Right! So, you have this.|dw:1398301781038:dw| Which will be easier to move, and why?

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    If you need a hint, think about the repelling. That electrostatic force.

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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?

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    oh wait, scratch that attracted part 'cause opposite attracts.

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    With your edit, you're completely correct! :) I think you covered it all!

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  13. kym02 Group Title
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    That was quite simple :)

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    After you broke it down, yep! :)

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    Thanks for your help!

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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.

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    hmm yeah indeed!

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    Your welcome! :) Take care!

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