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The  Simple  Universe®  Classical  Atom


Classical Subatomic Particles

The goal of the Simple Universe is to model the atom using classical versions of the electron, proton, photon and neutrino.

This is not for the faint-hearted though... for as well as ignoring quantum mechanics, the model also ignores the quark particles of the proton. Instead, the proton is modelled as a positron sandwiched between two 'neutral' particles, the 'neutral' particles shielding the positron from coming into contact with electrons.

In addition to contributing to most of the proton's mass, the 'neutral' particles may also perhaps, provide a classical mechanism for quantum behaviour. If that turns out to be possible, then quantum mechanics might not be required anymore.

The Simple Universe describes the subatomic particles pictorially and where possible as an animation. From a numerical point of view, the animations are not proportionally accurate, but nonetheless, are sufficient for analysis and deduction.

Ideally a 3D physics engine of the model would be available, allowing the subatomic particles to be understood by watching the animated output of the model.

(Please get in touch (email) if you have programming skills in 3D mathematics and would like to help develop the physics engine.)

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Notes Subatomic Particles

It is hard to visualise how small atoms are. For example, the number of atoms in your little finger is roughly equal to a number called Avogadro's constant, and it is a huge number.

If the same number of soft drink cans were to exist, then the cans would stack 200 miles high and cover the surface of the whole earth.

It is also hard to comprehend how quickly subatomic particles move, for they can travel world-like distances in less than a second.

One way to think of the subatomic world, is that everything in it is normal, and it is us who are very large and it is us who do things very slowly.

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