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By T. a. Littlefield

After the dying of Dr. Littlefield it was once determined that I should still adopt the revision ofthe entire of Atomic and Nuclear Physics: an creation for the 3rd version, and it was once quickly obvious that significant alterations have been beneficial. i'm convinced that those adjustments may have had Dr. Littlefield's approval. The leading attention for the current version has been to modernize at a minimal price. up to attainable of the second one version has as a result been retained, yet the place adjustments were made they've been rather drastic. therefore the chapters on fantastic constitution, wave mechanics, the vector version of the atom, Pauli's precept and the Zeeman influence were thoroughly restructured. The chapters on nuclear versions, cosmic rays, fusion platforms and basic debris were pointed out up to now whereas a brand new bankruptcy on appeal and the most recent rules on quarks has been integrated. it's was hoping that the presentation of the final named will supply readers a sense that physics study might be filled with event and surprises.

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4 the IX-rays from the r j Fig. 4 E/M for IX-particles. source R passed between the deflecting plates Y Z, which were 350 mm long and 4 mm apart. The rays then passed through a narrow slit S to the photographic plate p (SP = 500 mm), wrapped in aluminium foil which protected the plate from light but allowed the IX-rays to pass through and be recorded on the plate. With no electric or magnetic field between the plates YZ, the IX-rays passed straight along the tube and were limited by the slit S, so that a sharp line was recorded at 0 on the photographic plate.

The problem now became one of simple impact using the classical laws of the conservation of momentum and energy. Restricting our considerations to direct or 'head-on' impact for a neutron of mass M (Fig. ~__::~ Fig. 12 Determination of the mass of a neutron. The collisions are linear. with a proton of mass Mp at rest, we may write MV=Mv+Mpvp. {M -Mp)/(M + Mp). By the same method, an equation may also be obtained for the velocity of the nitrogen nucleus, VN = 2 V M /(M N + M) from which Up/UN = (M N + M)/(M p+ M).

If the nucleus were composed entirely of protons, the charge and atomic mass would be the same. Measurements show that the atomic mass is usually nearly twice as large as the atomic number. This is the case with sodium. The atomic mass number is 23 and the atomic number is only 11, implying that the nucleus carries 11 positive charges and these are balanced by 11 negative charges in the electron cloud surrounding it. At first it was supposed that within the nucleus there were 23 protons and 12 electrons which reduced the net change to 11, whilst accounting for the atomic mass number of 23.

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