What is the significance of neutrons in an atom?? I mean what is their use?

Asked by  | 9th Mar, 2013, 09:36: AM

Expert Answer:

The neutron is important because it allows for the binding of protons together to create atomic nuclei heavier than hydrogen. It's that simple. Perhaps as a testament to the "single-use" theory of the neutron is that when a neutron in not bound in an atomic nucleus, it is unstable. It has a half-life of a bit less than 15 minutes (or about 886 seconds). It's as if the neutron exists only to be a nucleon, or nucleus former.

Answered by  | 9th Mar, 2013, 10:04: AM

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