Physics: Blog #1

Where does charge come from?

In chemistry we learn that compounds are made of elements and elements are made of atoms, atoms are composed of a nucleus and within a nucleus are protons and neutrons held together by the strong force (which is its own mystery) with electrons outside of the nucleus. Protons are made of quarks and Gluons. The charge is the mass that gives the protons, neutrons, and electrons their positive, neutral, or negative properties. Charge is also known as electric charge, this term may be easier to understand. The positive or negative properties can be compared to a magnet’s magnetic polarity. The protons and neutrons attract and keep the nucleus of the atom under control. If there were no neutrons, the protons in a nucleus would have an effect similar to the atomic bomb.

In physics, nuclear physicists study atoms and how ‘things’ react in an atom. One questions they have not yet answered is- where does the charge of the atom come from? The protons, neutrons, and electrons of an atom are the smallest molecules known to science, if there isn't anything smaller then how are they charged? Democritus was a scientist who observed pollen moving in water, even though everything around him was still, the pollen continued to move around in the water. Democritus proposed the idea of atoms, the charge of an atom was the force which moved the atom and caused the pollen to move in still water. My point is, there is a scientific explanation for the pollen moving but no explanation for the charge of an atom, we haven't discovered anything smaller than the protons, neutrons, and electrons so what causes their charge?

We know no mass can be created nor destroyed so how was the charge (which has mass) created? One idea people have is that there's a higher power (such as a god) that created all life and mass. Another is the Big Bang theory which is a scientific explanation for the creation of mass but it's a theory for a reason… (To be continued)

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