The nucleus of the atom.
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The nucleus of the atom. Elementary particles. by Open University. Science Foundation Course Team.

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Published by Open University Press in [Bletchley, Bucks] .
Written in English


  • Nuclear physics,
  • Particles (Nuclear physics)

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Edition Notes

Other titlesElementary particles.
SeriesOpen University -- 31-32
LC ClassificationsQC173.O517
The Physical Object
Pagination55, 59 p.
Number of Pages59
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL23746841M
ISBN 10335020399

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The Nucleus and Radioactivity Our journey into the center of the atom begins with a brief review. You learned in Chapter 3 that the protons and neutrons in each atom are found in a tiny, central nucleus that measures about 1/, the diameter of the atom itself. You also learned.   The protons and neutrons form a very small, dense core known as the nucleus. Therefore, most of the mass of an atom is contained in its nucleus. Electrons move in orbits around the nucleus. The diameter of the atom is about times bigger than the diameter of the nucleus. This means that there is a lot of empty space within an atom. The nucleus is very, very small and very, very dense when compared to the rest of the atom. Not only is the nucleus very small, but it also contains most of the mass of the atom. In fact, for all practical purposes, the mass of the atom is the sum of the masses of the protons and neutrons. The protons of an atom are all crammed together inside. An atom is % space. The whole mass of an atom is in the nucleus, and between nucleus and the edge of the atom, there are enormous distances. To understand it more if you increase the size of the nucleus to that of a coin the edge of the atom would be at a distance of kilometer.

  Numerically, the nucleus of an atom possesses almost nearly times the volume of the atom yet contains % of the atomic mass. The nucleus of an atom is little to the point that if you extended an atom to occupy a room, the nucleus of an atom would at present be no bigger than a pinhead! Atomic Mass. An Atom is tiny, and in this manner. Document Type: Book: All Authors / Contributors: Open University. Science Foundation Course Team. ISBN: OCLC Number: (i) The atom consists of a small (positively charged) nucleus at its centre. (ii) The whole mass of the atom is concentrated in the nucleus and the volume of the nucleus is smaller than the volume of the atom by a ratio of about 1: 10 5. (iii) All the protons and neutrons of the atom are contained in the nucleus. An accessible and engaging guide to the atom, the smallest, most fundamental constituent of matter. Until now, popular science has relegated the atom to a supporting role in defining the different chemical elements of the periodic table. In this book, Jack Challoner places the atom at center stage. The Atom investigates the quest to identify the smallest, most fundamental constituents of.