A nucleus made of protons and neutrons surrounded by a cloud of electrons equal in number to the protons.

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Mathematical description of electron configuration

Does there exist a mathematical model for determining the electron configuration of an atom? I mean the theory which would generalize the notion behind the informal elements of the Aufbau principle.
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Demonstration that vibrating basic particles constitute non-vibrating individuals

I am a dilettante in physics; I ask for pardon for my confusion-causing (if any) terminology usage, and also for my imprecise choice of question tags. I know that basic particles of any individual ...
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Measuring Atomic Radius of a Noble Gas

How exactly can you measure the atomic radius of a noble gas such as Neon or Helium accurately? Would liquefaction help? I also heard that the aforementioned gases are the only common elements which ...
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Hydrogen ionization energy [closed]

Proton and electron have a distance equal to the Bohr radius apart in the hydrogen atom. Knowing this, what's the ionization energy of the atom? So we know $U = -kq^2/a_B$, but this is potential ...
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Formation of atoms [closed]

If a Proton goes toward an Electron with a trajectory that forms a circular motion, these particles will form an atom ?
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Hydrogen atom: potential well and orbit radii

I happened to open up an old solid-state electronics book by Sah, and in it he says: "it is evident that the electron orbit radius is half the well radius at the energy level En" The orbit radius is ...
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How is it possible for objects to travel faster than the speed of sound when particles interact at the speed of sound

First of all, I am sorry if this is a stupid question but: I've heard that atoms interact with each other at the speed of sound (when you for instance push a chair, the atoms collide with each other ...
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Can an object be deconstructed on an atomic Level?

Can a machine deconstruct objects on an atomic level. But is that possible? Not the machine per say but the simple (not that simple) act of what it does. Ex.Taking a broken computer and separating the ...
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What makes materials hard and strong?

This is something I have wondered for a long time. Why are some materials like steel, diamond, and even light materials like graphene stronger than others? Is it due to the strength of the ...
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What is a real world application of Madam Curie's life work?

As in the title. I know she was working with radioactive atoms and she made huge progress in the field of physics. But where would you find the application of her discoveries in our world? Is it just ...
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Why do $\beta$ particles not get attracted to the nucleus?

I currently have a very limited knowledge of how radiation works etc, but while sat in class the other day, one question occurred to me that even my teacher could not answer. We have been learning ...
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Space between particles [duplicate]

I am a high school student, and I am just wondering what is the space between each particle, like what is the gap around each atom? I have found no text book cover this topic. Is it a vacuum?
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Can I move the atom nucleus only?

I was wondering if it is possible to move the atom nucleus and leave behind the electrons? I can imagine that the electrons will follow the nucleus. But what if the speed of the nucleus is almost the ...
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Why aren't atoms affected by gravity, but molecules are?

I read this book here: http://tiny.cc/Gravity-Atom-Myth It claims that while gravity does affect individual atoms, it's not quantified like molecular mass due to lack of binding proteins which render ...
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Atomic nucleus consisting of only neutrons?

Is it true that the nucleus of all atoms (including radioactive isotopes) contain at least one proton? Is there an atomic nucleus consisting entirely of neutrons? (Let's exclude neutron stars for the ...
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How can the nucleus of an atom be in an excited state?

An example of the nucleus of an atom being in an excited state is the Hoyle State, which was a theory devised by the Astronomer Fred Hoyle to help describe the vast quantities of carbon-12 present in ...
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Real silicon atom structure?

Text books say that a pure silicon atom has four electrons in its outermost orbit. How do the scientists know it has four electrons?
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Does the doppler shift have any effect on the energy that the atom absorbs?

Does an atom moving towards the light that is falling on it, absorb more energy than when it is stationary? The atom should a see blue shift due to Doppler effect so the atom will see a light of ...
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Atoms and their bonds in an explosion

I was watching a video and when the car did blow up I asked to me... what happens with the atoms and their bonds when an object blows up of this way? what is the behavior of the atoms and their bonds ...
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Why does space expansion not expand matter?

REFORMULATED: I have looked at the other questions (ie "why does space expansion affect matter") but can't find the answer I am looking for. My question: There is always mention of space expanding ...
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Stopping an isolated metal ion

If we obtain something like a single isolated hydrogen atom I.e. $H^+$ is it possible by keeping it in a system of charged rings to contain and stop it at the centre of the system? Any positively ...
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Is there any significance of atomic orbitals?

We have been taught that the atomic orbitals we read about are probability density region of finding electrons of particular energies which are designated by the various quantum numbers. Since, there ...
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What are the longitudinal and transverse relaxation times in three level atom

Can anyone explain to me what is the longitudinal and transverse relaxation times in three level atom What is the physical meaning of them ? And how I can add the terms of relaxation time to the Bloch ...
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Resonating frequencies of atoms

I have a mathematics and computer science background with very little physics. I have read that the resonating frequency of an atom of some element is always exactly the same as the resonating ...
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Why do electrons in an atom 'fall' back to the ground state?

Why, after absorbing a photon does an atom's electron 'fall' back to its ground state (what causes it to immediately lose its absorbed energy)?
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Have we ever seen an atom? If not, how do we know they exists? [duplicate]

Question is what exactly title says that have we ever seen an atom through any means (microscopes/equipments.etc)? If not, how do we know they exists?
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Which particles can go right through the atom?

Can elementary particles (like the electron, photon, or neutrino ) go through an atom (not the nucleus)?
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Graphene +1 extra carbon bond

I'm not a physicist just a curious mind, so please go easy! I was just watching a BBC Horizon Documentary that featured a piece on the recently discovered material Graphene. One of the facts ...
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Can we squeeze atoms?

Lets consider few water molecules (or monoatomic noble gas or $H^+$ ions or electron gas) to be present inside a vessel, now if we enclose the vessel with certain hard material which could act as ...
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Is there the smallest particle that can be guaranteed to be unable to be broken down into smaller particles?

Is there the smallest particle that can be guaranteed to be unable to be broken down into smaller particles?
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Do atoms of a surface excite to reflect the light?

How do surfaces reflect certain colours and absorb the others?
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Angular momentum Bohr's model

I have been trying to derive speed, radius etc. in hydrogen atom using Bohr's postulates and not neglecting the coulombic attraction on proton. I know that they will be revolving around their centre ...
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How much smaller will be human body, when we hypothetically get of every space between particles [closed]

I had an interesting dream, where advanced civilization compress their body with technology, that turn off space betweens atoms/particles. They travel in small spaceship with billions citizens very ...
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In what form does proton give energy to electron?

According to Bohr, electron revolves around the nucleus because of force of attraction between electron and proton. This force of attraction gives energy to the electron. So my question is this that- ...
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Smallest possible object made of atoms that is spherical to a given degree [closed]

I recently saw a video, World's Roundest Object, which discussed a sphere made of silicon-28. The researcher in the video stated, if the object was scaled to the size of the Earth, the highest and ...
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Electron Decay, Why are there P and higher orbitals?

Related: Decay from excited state to ground state My confusion arose initially from the definition of binding energy being the lowest energy state (n=1) in the hydrogen atom. This, I assume, is ...
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Atomic transitions and density: clarification

A laser passes though a cell containing vapor of an alkaline element which causes atomic transitions. I was told that the formula for the atomic density in a Rubidium cell, for example, is given by: ...
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An EM problem of polarized sphere

Today, I'm doing an EM problem and my question is exactly the same as this site shows: http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=133501 To reiterate my confusion, why we can't use that integral ...
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question on dipole moment of water molecule

I read a line today and don't get it: "Molecules with mirror symmetry like oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and carbon tetrachloride have no permanent dipole moments." ...
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Rutherfords alpha scattering conclutions? [duplicate]

Please can some one give me rutherfords observations and his conclutions from each onbservation, I have looked in text books but they only give them sepratly with no direct link betweeen which ...
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The position of center of mass of electron cloud in an atom

I read Griffiths EM today and it says something very interesting but a little bothering to me. It states for an atom, the position of center of mass of an electron cloud lies in the center of the ...
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Expectation value of energy from the position state of hydrogen atom [closed]

I was given with the position state of hydrogen atom: $$ R_{21} =\left(\sqrt{\frac{1}{3}}Y^0_1 + \sqrt{\frac{2}{3}}Y^1_1\right) $$ I am getting confused about getting the expectation value of ...
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Is Palladium an exception?

I have been taught in school that atoms cannot have more than 8 electrons in the outer shell. Palladium atom's electron configuration is 2,8,18,18. Why isn't it 2,8,18,17,1 like the case of Platinum ...
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What really cause light/photons to appear slower in media?

I know that if we solve the maxwell equation, we will end up with the phase velocity of light is related to the permeability and the permittivity of the material. But this is not what I'm interested ...
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Why electrons get excited? [closed]

Why and how are electrons get excited and what happen inside an atom when electrons get excited?
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Quarks are now considered to be fundamentals, but so were atoms some time ago. So the way we see is only limited by our technological advances? [duplicate]

After watching this FuseSchool - Global Education episode, I cannot stop thinking how can something not have a substructure, how it cannot be split? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlv06lSAC7c
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How do magnetic objects exhibit attraction/repulsion across empty space?

Magnets will attract or repel over a distance before physically touching each other. What makes this effect possible? My best guess is that the forces generated by the angular momentum of the ...
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Electron speed in Atoms

Is the speed of electrons in Atoms consistent in all Atoms or clusters/groups/individual elements, and if it is consistent in any atom, is that speed constant?
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Are particles solid?

My intuitive understanding is that although atoms are mostly empty space, the nucleus is solid. Thus a neutron or a neutrino can collide with it and do things like deflect or cause a nuclear ...
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Why don't electrons crash into the nuclei they “orbit”?

I'm having trouble understanding the simple "planetary" model of the atom that I'm being taught in my basic chemistry course. In particular, I can't see how a negatively charged electron can stay ...