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This site, produced by the BBC, provides an introduction to the standard model of particle physics, the theory of the constituents of protons and neutrons. All of the elementary particles of matter and the fundamental forces are characterized and classified. The site also provides information about the testing of the standard model.
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Physics To Go This resource was a Physics To Go feature from December 1, 2008 until December 16, 2008. View the feature here!

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Restriction: © 2002 The BBC
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Keywords: Neutrons, Protons, elementary particle, fundamental force, fundamental particle, quarks, standard model
Record Creator: Metadata instance created December 2, 2007 by Ann Deml
Record Updated: May 15, 2012 by Lyle Barbato
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December 11, 2008
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

4. The Physical Setting

4D. The Structure of Matter
  • 6-8: 4D/M1a. All matter is made up of atoms, which are far too small to see directly through a microscope.
  • 9-12: 4D/H1. Atoms are made of a positively charged nucleus surrounded by negatively charged electrons. The nucleus is a tiny fraction of the volume of an atom but makes up almost all of its mass. The nucleus is composed of protons and neutrons which have roughly the same mass but differ in that protons are positively charged while neutrons have no electric charge.
  • 9-12: 4D/H2. The number of protons in the nucleus determines what an atom's electron configuration can be and so defines the element. An atom's electron configuration, particularly the outermost electrons, determines how the atom can interact with other atoms. Atoms form bonds to other atoms by transferring or sharing electrons.
  • 9-12: 4D/H5. Scientists continue to investigate atoms and have discovered even smaller constituents of which neutrons and protons are made.
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