Electric charge and Coulomb

# Electric charge and Coulomb - the electron or the proton...

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Electric charge and Coulomb's law 7-6-99 Charge there are two kinds of charge, positive and negative like charges repel, unlike charges attract positive charge comes from having more protons than electrons; negative charge comes from having more electrons than protons charge is quantized, meaning that charge comes in integer multiples of the elementary charge e charge is conserved Probably everyone is familiar with the first three concepts, but what does it mean for charge to be quantized? Charge comes in multiples of an indivisible unit of charge, represented by the letter e. In other words, charge comes in multiples of the charge on
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Unformatted text preview: the electron or the proton. These things have the same size charge, but the sign is different. A proton has a charge of +e, while an electron has a charge of -e. Electrons and protons are not the only things that carry charge. Other particles (positrons, for example) also carry charge in multiples of the electronic charge. Those are not going to be discussed, for the most part, in this course, however. Putting "charge is quantized" in terms of an equation, we say: q = n e q is the symbol used to represent charge, while n is a positive or negative integer, and e is the electronic charge, 1.60 x 10-19 Coulombs....
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