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Why don't objects pass through one another since atoms are mostly empty space?
The electrical resistance between subatomic particles is far reaching from the atomic nucleus and electron cloud. Electrons are also moving very fast. The probability cloud that determines where the electrons could be, the orbitals and the nucleus itself, are still not solid objects. Keep in mind under are current scientific understanding, no particles are "solid", they are an electromagnetic force.
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When the space inside an atom is described as "empty," what that refers to is mass. Most of the mass of the atom is concentrated in the tiny center, the nucleus. So most of th…e space inside the atom is devoid of mass. However, that does not mean there is nothing inside the atom. The "empty space" inside an atom is not actually empty. It is filled with extremely strong electric fields produced by the positive nucleus and the negative electrons. These fields interact with the electromagnetic radiation that corresponds to visible light. This interaction makes it impossible for light to travel through most atoms without being absorbed or deflected. Therefore, you can't see through most substances.
Because the outsides of all atoms are negatively charged so theyrepel when they come close.
Rutherford, with his gold foil experiment.
It's because of the electrostatic force between a nuclei and electron(s).
because they are so small and so close together that there is no humanly known way to manufacture objects small enough to pass through these extremely small spaces. So th…e empty space is not easy to get into. Atoms have a central nucleus and electrons whizzing around the nucleus in extremely fast orbits. Sometimes there are several layers or 'shells' of orbiting electrons. The whole structure is held together by strong forces, bot easily broken. Scientists have only recently been able to split to atom, but is has taken a lot of power snd scientific expertise. Furthermore, individual atoms are bonded to other atoms, making a very strong element or material, which holds together and which prevents other atoms from passing through. For more information see Related links below this box.
Experiments by Thomas Rutherford demonstrated that alpha particles traveled through a gold filament with only slight deflection except for the rare particle that got def…lect through extreme angles. The model that was devised to explain this was something mostly empty space with a dense center.
That's quite true. I have seen the amount of space in an atom that's occupied by the nucleus compared to the amount of space in the state of Texas that's occupied by a bunch o…f grapes.
There is a chance that you could walk through a wall if every atom in your body lined up with every atom in the wall, but it's highly unlikely. It's something like a one in 1 …trillion chance or maybe more, but you would spend your whole life trying to do it.
he guessed! thats why it was such a big turning event
Yes, this was proven by the Geiger-Marsden experiment (also known as the gold foil experiment).
The electromagnetic and strong nuclear forces are very powerful and repulsive at close ranges. Put two atomic nuclei near each other and they will push away from each othe…r. Similarly if you put two negatively charged particles near each other they will also repel at very close distances.
Ernest Rutherford, with his famous gold foil experiment. The same experiment also proved that atoms have small, dense, positively charged nuclei, and that the electrons are ou…tside the nucleus.
Why is it impossible to slide solid objects through each other given that atoms are mostly empty space?
The electromagnetic field surrounding each atom repels all other atoms.
Yes, the nucleus is about the only space that the atom has, but is roughly is 10,000 times smaller than the whole atom. A theory is that everything we see is just an illusion.…
Because we know that the nucleus of an atom is very very small but this is surrounded by a cloud of electrons. The distance between the nucleus and the electron cloud is H…UGE meaning that an atom is 99.999999999999% empty space. When this space is taken away (as happens when a star collapses into a neutron star), something that was much bigger than the Sun becomes a body barely larger than a city).