Why don't objects pass through one another since atoms are mostly empty space?

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The electrical resistance between subatomic particles is far reaching from the atomic nucleus and electron cloud. Electrons are also moving very fast. The probability cloud that determines where the electrons could be, the orbitals and the nucleus itself, are still not solid objects. Keep in mind under are current scientific understanding, no particles are "solid", they are an electromagnetic force.
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If an atom is mostly empty space why can't you see the empty space as part of an object?

When the space inside an atom is described as "empty," what that refers to is mass. Most of the mass of the atom is concentrated in the tiny center, the nucleus. So most of the space inside the atom is devoid of mass. However, that does not mean there is nothing inside the atom. The "empty space" in (MORE)

Are atoms empty space?

They are mostly empty space apart from the protons and neutrons in the middle of the atoms and tiny electrons in the electron cloud.

Can sound pass through empty space?

Sound requires a solid, liquid or gas to carry the vibrations in waves. The air in the atmosphere is actually a collection of gases and so sound travels through what appears to be an empty space. Sound cannot travel through a vacuum so an explosion two meters away from you in space would be silen (MORE)

The atoms that constitute your body are mostly empty space and structure such as the chair youre sitting on are composed of atoms that are also mostly empty space So why dont you fall through?

I'm not sure...I would go with: the atoms in the chair are strong, so empty space is less important because of the weight distribution. Also, my guess would be that the empty space is mainly in an area that doesn't support your weight.. The newest theory to answer this is applied to "How do the sta (MORE)

If atoms are mostly empty space why can't we walk through walls?

because they are so small and so close together that there is no humanly known way to manufacture objects small enough to pass through these extremely small spaces.. So the empty space is not easy to get into. Atoms have a central nucleus and electrons whizzing around the nucleus in extremely fast (MORE)

Why is an atom considered mostly empty space?

Experiments by Thomas Rutherford demonstrated that alpha particles traveled through a gold filament with only slight deflection except for the rare particle that got deflect through extreme angles. The model that was devised to explain this was something mostly empty space with a dense center.

Do atoms have empty space?

Yes. In 1908, Rutherford conducted an experiment of shooting a beam of alpha particles through a sheet of tinfoil. Most of the alpha particles went straight through the foil, which proves that there are empty spaces in atoms. And the rest of the particles that didn't go straight through the foil are (MORE)

Do atoms contain empty space?

Yes in fact Ernest Rutherford discovered that atoms contain mostly empty space, with his gold foil experiment. He discovered that the electrons are not randomly placed around the nucleus. Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/What_scientist_said_atoms_contain_mostly_empty_space#ixzz17NE5I4gI .

Atoms contain mostly empty space?

That's quite true. I have seen the amount of space in an atom that's occupied by the nucleus compared to the amount of space in the state of Texas that's occupied by a bunch of grapes.

Is the reason a granite block is mostly empty space because the atoms in the granite are?

Yes, this is essentially true. Well over 99.9% of the mass of any atom is in the nucleus. The electrons in their orbitals around that nucleus actually determine the spacial volume that the atom occupies. And on an atomic scale, the distance from the nucleus to the outer boundaries of the electron cl (MORE)

Is an atom a empty space?

not exactly. it is mostly empty space- about 99.99...%. but at the centre of the atomic structure, there is a nucleus which contains nucleons (protons and neutrons). incredibly small electrons circulate around the nucleus, but their mass is negligible- about 1/2000 the mass of a proton..

Why does one object in space orbit another?

The satellite or orbiting object has less mass the the object itcircles. The object with more mass's (like earth)gravity pulls thesmaller one around it like a slingshot.

How did he know that an atom was mostly empty space?

First he took gold and made a sheet that was absurdly thin. Gold is soft and doesn't fall apart easily so it was ideal for this purpose. Then he used a known method of producing alpha particles(which are actually nucleus's of helium we found out later), and shot them at the gold foil. in a nearly (MORE)

Most of the atom is empty space?

Actually this is true. The nucleus of an atom makes up a very small percentage of the atom (to be safe I am going to say less than five percent at largest.) The rest of the atom is composed of the electron orbitals. Since there can only be so many electrons in a single orbital at any given time mo (MORE)

If an atom is mostly empty space why does matter seem so solid?

Because of the vibration of matter. Billions of atoms are densely packed together to make a solid, and they're all constantly moving and vibrating, giving you the impression it's completely solid when in reality there is some empty space. However if you get into quantum theory you start to get id (MORE)

Do electons pass from one atom to another?

Yes they do. The matter is if you mean pass as a permanent action or not. In polar bonds the atoms share their orbitals and the electon pass in both the atoms. With an ionic bond the more electronegative atom gets the electon and charges negatively, the other gets his electon carried away and cha (MORE)

Is the nucleus mostly empty space?

In some models, an atom is mostly empty space, as most of the mass is concentrated in the nucleus, which takes up a tiny proportion of the overall volume, whilst electrons are confined to specific orbits around it. However, the nucleus itself is not empty space, being made up of densely-packed proto (MORE)

How do you know that atom is mostly empty space?

The electrons are repelled by the protons, which causes then to be farther away. If the nucleus was the size of a marble, then the atom would be the size of a football stadium. Correction: Electrons are not repelled by the protons but are attracted to them. Opposite charges attract.

Is an atom mostly stuff or empty space?

Mostly empty, In the common model of the atom, electrons are really tiny and they are relatively far from the nucleus which is small (but larger than electrons). In between there is nothing. To bring this distance into perspective if a nucleus is here the next electron would be a football field away (MORE)

What wave form can pass through empty space?

Compression waves, such as sound, cannot move through space due tothe lack of a medium. Transverse waves, such as light andradiation, can move through a vacuum such as space. This is relatedto Einstein's theory of relativity, in which he states that Massand Energy are the same thing. Essentially, tr (MORE)

How the results of Ernest Rutherfords goldfoil experiment showed that the atom is mostly empty space?

Under the prevailing plum pudding model of thomson, the alpha particles should all have been deflected by, at most, a few degrees; measuring the pattern of scattered particles was expected to provide information about the distribution of charge within the atom. However it was observed that a very (MORE)

What is meant by gases are mostly empty space?

well solids would be particuls all compact then liquads would be less compact and so on for gases... this usually occurs from van der walls forces breaking from heating and then there is just empty space between particles that are in a gas form

What experiment demonstated that atoms are mostly empty space?

Rutherford's Experiment In this expt, Alpha particles (Double positive charged helium atom) were bombarded on a thin gold foil. Observation:- 1) Most of the rays passed straight through it without any deflection...(Answer to ur question) 2) Some rays were deflected through an small angle giv (MORE)

Who found out that atoms are mostly empty space?

Ernest Rutherford, with his famous gold foil experiment. The same experiment also proved that atoms have small, dense, positively charged nuclei, and that the electrons are outside the nucleus.

Can sound energy pass through an empty space?

Never. Sound propagates as longitudinal waves which are a kind of mechanical waves. These waves require a medium for them to pass. The medium can be either solid, liquid or gaseous. Thus, in empty space i.e. vacuum, sound can never pass.

What is mostly the space of an atom made of?

About 99.9% of the mass of an atom is concentrated at the nucleusof an atom. Electrons around the atom have really small mass inrelation to the protons and neutrons therefore their masses arenegligible. Therefore except for the nucleus, most space of an atomis just vacuum.

Is this true an atom is mostly empty space?

Yes, the nucleus is about the only space that the atom has, but is roughly is 10,000 times smaller than the whole atom. A theory is that everything we see is just an illusion.

Who shot gold with radiation to show atoms are mostly empty space?

The experiment you're asking about was performed by ErnestRutherford, and it's one of the most important experiments in ourquest to understand the nature of atoms. We call this experimentthe gold foil experiment. What Rutherford did was shoot alphaparticles, which are just charged helium atoms, at t (MORE)

Why is it believed that an atom is mostly empty space?

Because we know that the nucleus of an atom is very very small butthis is surrounded by a cloud of electrons. The distance betweenthe nucleus and the electron cloud is HUGE meaning that an atom is99.999999999999% empty space. When this space is taken away (as happens when a star collapsesinto a neut (MORE)