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What are quarks? Nuclear physics and science

By |2018-04-24T14:44:13+00:00June 2nd, 2017|Physics|

What are quarks? Tiny particles found all over the universe. What are quarks? Quarks and electrons are the tiniest particles. There are three quarks in every proton and three in every neutron, and protons and neutrons are the pieces of an atom. We can't see a quark, even with an electron microscope, but [...]

What is a neutron? Atoms and Chemistry

By |2018-04-24T14:46:25+00:00June 2nd, 2017|Chemistry, Physics|

A neutron star (from NASA) A neutron is a tiny particle like a proton, smaller than an atom. Like protons, neutrons are too small to see, even with an electron microscope, but we know they must be there because that's the only way we can explain how atoms behave. All neutrons, everywhere in [...]

What is a meson? Definition of a meson – Chemistry

By |2018-04-24T14:19:34+00:00June 2nd, 2017|Chemistry|

A meson is much smaller than an atom! These are lithium, cobalt, and oxygen atoms (as in a lithium-ion battery), seen under an electron microscope from Berkeley Labs. What is a meson? Mesons are tiny sub-atomic particles. Sub-atomic means they are smaller than atoms. They form out of quarks in high-energy situations. How [...]