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Why are neutrons important?

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2010-12-15 06:06:00
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Neutrons play an important role in stabilizing the nucleus of an atom. The positively charged protons in the nucleus repel each other and cause the nucleus to be unstable. Existence of neutral neutrons can reduce the repulsive forces between the protons and hence stabilize the nucleus.

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