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Atomic Structure

Thinking about the crap that's shoved into us in chemistry, do electrons and protons actually have negative and positive charges or is this just a representation to teach us easily?

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04-14-2010 11:37 PM
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Re: Atomic Structure

A bit of both really. They do both have opposing charges. But I wouldn't call either positive or negative. As far as I know, the terms negative and positive themselves are for just ease of access, but the concepts they describe are real.

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Re: Atomic Structure

AWOL. Your answers never cease to amaze me!

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Re: Atomic Structure

They do both have positive and negative charges as far as I know. Although positive and negative are just arbitrary designations, that is what the convention is, and it's a good idea to stick to it.
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