Notices
Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: charge of a neutron

  1. #1 charge of a neutron 
    Moderator Moderator AlexP's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    1,838
    I think this may end up coming down to just however an individual wants to interpret it the question, but I'd like to see what people say... So here it is...

    Does a neutron have NO charge, or does it have neutral or 0 charge?


    "There is a kind of lazy pleasure in useless and out-of-the-way erudition." -Jorge Luis Borges
    Reply With Quote  
     

  2.  
     

  3. #2  
    Forum Bachelors Degree
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    NC USA
    Posts
    488
    Please explain the difference.
    Can you give an example?


    Reply With Quote  
     

  4. #3  
    Moderator Moderator AlexP's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    1,838
    Does a neutron have none of the property called 'charge,' or does it have charge, but that charge is equal to zero?
    "There is a kind of lazy pleasure in useless and out-of-the-way erudition." -Jorge Luis Borges
    Reply With Quote  
     

  5. #4  
    Forum Bachelors Degree
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    NC USA
    Posts
    488
    Then I would say it's the same thing.

    All subatomic particles have the property called charge. For some of them the value is zero. We could also say they have no charge. -- Different way of saying exactly the same thing.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  6. #5  
    Forum Ph.D.
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Norway
    Posts
    927
    i think he was thinking both positive and negative poles on both sides,
    vs no poles.
    or that neutrons had charge on another dimensional axis.
    when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth
    A.C Doyle
    Reply With Quote  
     

  7. #6 Neutron Charge 
    Forum Sophomore
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    South Africa
    Posts
    196
    8)

    Neutrons have the same type of charge (property) as a proton because it is also made of up and down quarks. The charge just add up to zero on a larger scale.

    Neutron stars have a magnetic field because of this. The neutrons are in motion in a neutron star and magnetic fields are created by moving charges.
    It also matters what isn't there - Tao Te Ching interpreted.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  8. #7 Re: Neutron Charge 
    Moderator Moderator AlexP's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    1,838
    Quote Originally Posted by talanum1
    8)

    Neutrons have the same type of charge (property) as a proton because it is also made of up and down quarks. The charge just add up to zero on a larger scale.

    Neutron stars have a magnetic field because of this. The neutrons are in motion in a neutron star and magnetic fields are created by moving charges.
    congrats, you figured out what i was getting at. i just think that people tend to say that neutrons have "no" charge, but that's not true, they contain charge, but it just happens to have a net amount of 0. I guess this was kind of a weird thread, but i just wanted to challenge the idea that neutrons do not have charge, which some people may think.
    "There is a kind of lazy pleasure in useless and out-of-the-way erudition." -Jorge Luis Borges
    Reply With Quote  
     

  9. #8  
    Forum Freshman Nikolas_Miller's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    33
    So was that all one big mind game?
    Reply With Quote  
     

  10. #9  
    Forum Sophomore
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    South Africa
    Posts
    196


    A mind game with a purpose.
    It also matters what isn't there - Tao Te Ching interpreted.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  11. #10  
    Moderator Moderator AlexP's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    1,838
    Quote Originally Posted by Nikolas_Miller
    So was that all one big mind game?
    kind of, yeah.

    Quote Originally Posted by talanum1
    A mind game with a purpose.
    yep!
    "There is a kind of lazy pleasure in useless and out-of-the-way erudition." -Jorge Luis Borges
    Reply With Quote  
     

  12. #11  
    Suspended
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    769
    It's easy to see that a neutron has charge, albeit the same amounts of +ve and -ve charge. All you have to do is wait for about ten minutes. Then it decays into a proton and an electron plus a few bits of loose change, and the charge that was previously hidden becomes obvious.

    Reply With Quote  
     

Bookmarks
Bookmarks
Posting Permissions
  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •