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The fundamental forces may not be truly “fundamental” but may actually be different aspects of the same force. Just as the electric and magnetic forces were unified into an electromagnetic force, physicists in the 1970s unified the electromagnetic force with the weak nuclear force into an electroweak force    . Any scientific theory that attempts to unify the electroweak force and strong nuclear force is called a grand unified theory    , and any theory that attempts to unify all four forces is called a theory of everything    . We will return to the concept of unification later in this chapter.

Classifications of elementary particles

A large number of subatomic particles exist in nature. These particles can be classified in two ways: the property of spin and participation in the four fundamental forces. Recall that the spin of a particle is analogous to the rotation of a macroscopic object about its own axis. These types of classification are described separately below.

Classification by spin

Particles of matter can be divided into fermion     s and boson     s . Fermions have half-integral spin ( 1 2 , 3 2 , ) and bosons have integral spin ( 0 , 1 , 2 , ) . Familiar examples of fermions are electrons, protons, and neutrons. A familiar example of a boson is a photon. Fermions and bosons behave very differently in groups. For example, when electrons are confined to a small region of space, Pauli’s exclusion principle    states that no two electrons can occupy the same quantum-mechanical state. However, when photons are confined to a small region of space, there is no such limitation.

The behavior of fermions and bosons in groups can be understood in terms of the property of indistinguishability. Particles are said to be “indistinguishable” if they are identical to one another. For example, electrons are indistinguishable because every electron in the universe has exactly the same mass and spin as all other electrons—“when you’ve seen one electron, you’ve seen them all.” If you switch two indistinguishable particles in the same small region of space, the square of the wave function that describes this system and can be measured ( | ψ | 2 ) is unchanged. If this were not the case, we could tell whether or not the particles had been switched and the particle would not be truly indistinguishable. Fermions and bosons differ by whether the sign of the wave function ( ψ )— not directly observable—flips:

ψ ψ (indistinguishable fermions), ψ + ψ (indistinguishable bosons).

Fermions are said to be “antisymmetric on exchange” and bosons are “symmetric on exchange.” Pauli’s exclusion principle is a consequence of exchange symmetry    of fermions—a connection developed in a more advanced course in modern physics. The electronic structure of atoms is predicated on Pauli’s exclusion principle and is therefore directly related to the indistinguishability of electrons.

Classification by force interactions

Fermions can be further divided into quark     s and lepton     s . The primary difference between these two types of particles is that quarks interact via the strong force and leptons do not. Quarks and leptons (as well as bosons to be discussed later) are organized in [link] . The upper two rows (first three columns in purple) contain six quarks. These quarks are arranged into two particle families: up, charm, and top ( u , c , t ), and down, strange, and bottom ( d , s , b ). Members of the same particle family share the same properties but differ in mass (given in MeV/ c 2 ). For example, the mass of the top quark is much greater than the charm quark, and the mass of the charm quark is much greater than the up quark. All quarks interact with one another through the strong nuclear force.

Questions & Answers

in the wave equation y=Asin(kx-wt+¢) what does k and w stand for.
Kimani Reply
derivation of lateral shieft
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total binding energy of ionic crystal at equilibrium is
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How does, ray of light coming form focus, behaves in concave mirror after refraction?
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Refraction does not occur in concave mirror. If refraction occurs then I don't know about this.
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What is motion
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Anything which changes itself with respect to time or surrounding
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and what's time? is time everywhere same
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No
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how can u say that
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Radioactive substance
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These substance create harmful radiation like alpha particle radiation, beta particle radiation, gamma particle radiation
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But ask anything changes itself with respect to time or surrounding A Not any harmful radiation
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explain cavendish experiment to determine the value of gravitational concept.
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For the question about the scuba instructor's head above the pool, how did you arrive at this answer? What is the process?
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as a free falling object increases speed what is happening to the acceleration
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of course g is constant
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acceleration also inc
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which paper will be subjective and which one objective
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normal distributiin of errors report
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normal distribution of errors
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photo electrons doesn't emmit when electrons are free to move on surface of metal why?
Rafi Reply
What would be the minimum work function of a metal have to be for visible light(400-700)nm to ejected photoelectrons?
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give any fix value to wave length
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40 cm into change mm
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40cm=40.0×10^-2m =400.0×10^-3m =400mm. that cap(^) I have used above is to the power.
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i.e. 10to the power -2 in the first line and 10 to the power -3 in the the second line.
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there is mistake in my first msg correction is 40cm=40.0×10^-2m =400.0×10^-3m =400mm. sorry for the mistake friends.
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40cm=40.0×10^-2m =400.0×10^-3m =400mm.
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what is physics?
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why we have physics
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because is the study of mater and natural world
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because physics is nature. it explains the laws of nature. some laws already discovered. some laws yet to be discovered.
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physics is the study of non living things if we added it with biology it becomes biophysics and bio is the study of living things tell me please what is this?
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physics is the study of matter,energy and their interactions
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all living things are matter
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why rolling friction is less than sliding friction
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explain l-s coupling
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