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comment Is it true that quantum mechanics technically allows anything to happen?
You know, to me this is actually an interesting question, which it will take some precision and subtlety to discuss properly. As an aside, what is the level of education of the questioner, and his/her friends? I have known a least one biology Nobel Laureate who disagreed with me about this. A way of restating the question might be, "Are all quantum mechanical propositions necessarily probabilistic?" Lederberg said yes. I very much appreciate the comment below, that events with 0 measure could also actually happen.
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comment Why are the antimatter compositions of neutrons and protons different? Why by about 1%? References?
I assume that as well as gluons, a considerable amount is also carried as kinetic energy of the various particles. I would accept these two answers, but would like to first ask some "ab initio" people for their results, which may be better because of all the nonlinearities at the low quark energies involved. By the way, how low is that in nuclear matter at rest?
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comment What are the average matter, antimatter, and binding energy composition of protons and neutrons?
Having read a (very) little, I now assume that the 0 momentum limit will require ab initio calculations because at 0 momentum the situation is highly non linear and non peturbative approaches must be used.
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comment What are the average matter, antimatter, and binding energy composition of protons and neutrons?
Thank you for this very patient and helpful answer, which teaches me much. Is there anyway to extrapolate this down to 0 momentum probes, e.g. nucleons in a glass of water? Does nuclear structure in the higher elements change the zero momentum limit situation much? For the zero momentum limit, are we forced back to ab initio calculations?
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comment What are the average matter, antimatter, and binding energy composition of protons and neutrons?
Here is an example of the type of answer I was looking for, from quark.phy.bnl.gov/~pisarski/talks/Colloquia/Fodor.pdf (last slide) "95% of the mass of a proton comes from the kinetic energy within the proton: very different from any other mass" The standard model of particle physics (most particularly the theory of strong interaction, QCD) can explain this phenomena via a full ab-initio calculation of the masses. (controlling all systematic uncertainties)
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comment What are the average matter, antimatter, and binding energy composition of protons and neutrons?
This is rather beyond me, but don't I want something like lim(scale -> infinity)
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comment How does ATP transfer energy to a reaction?
I think you actually measure the enthalpy at constant pressure and temperature. It is then closely related to the entropy. This really requires a physical chemist. I believe
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comment How does ATP transfer energy to a reaction?
I think you actually measure the enthalpy at constant pressure and temperature. It is then closely related to the entropy. This really requires a physical chemist. I believe
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comment How does ATP transfer energy to a reaction?
Finally, I think you are confusing the free energy changes of the reaction with the free energy of activation. The hydrolysis of the ATP provides the first to make the reaction products more likely than the substrates, the enzyme or catalyst lowers the second to increase the rate. They are different.
Apr
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comment How does ATP transfer energy to a reaction?
b) I just meant that there are many different mechanisms of catalysis, even when ATP is involved. You have to find out about each one individually, by searching under "reaction mechanism", or "active site". Different enzymes use fundamentally different mechanisms. c) You seem to be mostly asking about reactions in which the high free energy in ATP is transferred to another high free energy bond in another reaction product. Is that right?