Why is it that as the number of protons in a nucleus increases the number of nuetrons needed increases at a greater rate. So a larger nucleus needs disproportionatly more nuetrons than a small one.
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- Thread Starter
- 09-06-2008 23:09
- 09-06-2008 23:12
This is to dilute the electromagnetic repulsion between the protons; the average distance between each proton increases with the addition of more neutrons, so the EM repulsion between the protons decreases.
- 09-06-2008 23:34
Limited range of strong nuclear force + infinite range of electromagnetic force.