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Re: do electrons orbiting an atom's nucleous cause gyroscope inertia?

Date: Wed Nov 8 16:15:44 2000
Posted By: Fred M. Niell, III, Grad student, Physics, Univ. of Michigan
Area of science: Physics
ID: 973013991.Ph

There are two ways to answer your question. What you've brought up is a question of classical mechanics vs. quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics was invented to explain questions like yours in a more sensible way around the turn of the century. Niels Bohr's model of the atom essentially put to rest the pre-20th century "planetary" model of the atom. But enough history.

I suggest searching our own archive for more information about quantum mechanics if you're interested.
Hope this helps.
-Fred Niell

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