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Work Room - Week 23

The new topic has been posted http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/555757.html, and I'm sure the field is split between those going "Neat. But how do I work this into an entry" and those going "WTF?"

Which is perfect, because how often do you have to approach something that leaves you more than a little unsure of how you are going to handle it? You can research it and figure out exactly what it is, wrapping concepts around concepts. Or, you can tackle it from where the words themselves take you. It's really your choice, and there are no wrong answers - just eliminated contestants! ;)

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You are coming out of two weeks of working with people, how was the experience for you? What did you like/not like about coordinating with someone else?

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ellakite
Apr. 11th, 2012 04:36 am (UTC)
*SIMPLE* description of "The Weak Force"
The "Weak Force" is what causes atoms to spontaneously split into smaller atoms. Its counterpart, the "Strong Force", is what holds atoms together. The "Weak Force" is considered to be weak because atoms rarely split on their own -- most atoms are *BILLIONS* of years old, and will likely never "split" on their own. It's only under very specific circumstances that the Weak Force will overpower the Strong Force and an atom will split.

Now if you want to get into the specifics as to how/why the Weak Force causes atoms to split, that will get complicated. All you really need to know is this: The Weak Force is something that, under certain circumstances, can overcome the Strong Force and cause things to break down.

Edited at 2012-04-11 04:38 am (UTC)
jacq22
Apr. 11th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
Re: *SIMPLE* description of "The Weak Force"
Wow thanks, that sends me off into orbit.....and might need some time to think.
Weak can overcome strong.....and cause things to break down and split....hmmm. See now that I understand.
jem0000000
Apr. 11th, 2012 05:56 am (UTC)
Re: *SIMPLE* description of "The Weak Force"
But the weak force acts primarily on sub-atomic particles, not on atoms. How does it cause them to split?
ellakite
Apr. 11th, 2012 06:22 am (UTC)
It's been a while since I took quantum physics, but I just reviewed my notes.

To be precise: The Weak Force can act as a "trigger" to cause atoms to split, as one of the most common effects of the Weak Force is Beta Decay; which causes a neutron to turn into a proton while ejecting an electron. Any atomic nucleus which has too many protons compared to neutrons will tend to split.

You are correct that the Weak Force is only affects subatomic particles directly. However, as it is directly responsible for beta decay which changes a proton to a neutron, it is indirectly responsible for other forms of radioactivity which result from the new atom having too many protons and not enough neutrons.

jem0000000
Apr. 11th, 2012 07:13 am (UTC)
Also directly responsible for changing the flavor of quarks. :)
ellakite
Apr. 11th, 2012 07:24 am (UTC)
... but what if I like the original flavor?
jem0000000
Apr. 11th, 2012 08:07 am (UTC)
But I wanted a grape Charms quark! This is just an orange Charms. :(
ellakite
Apr. 11th, 2012 11:49 am (UTC)
Actually, I prefer Strange quarks myself... don't I seem the type? ;)
jem0000000
Apr. 11th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
I always thought you were a Strange quark....
ellakite
Apr. 11th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
Well, bird of a feather, and all that...
jem0000000
Apr. 12th, 2012 01:10 am (UTC)
Don't you mean quark of a flavor?
ellakite
Apr. 12th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
I prefer to mix my metaphors, not my flavors.

i haz a flava!
rattsu
Apr. 11th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
You have no idea how hot that is....
ellakite
Apr. 11th, 2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
If you're talking about the actual nuclear reactions I'm describing: I *DO* know how hot they are.

If you're referring to my ability to describe these reactions in a way that you can understand, you may be right. Why don't you *TELL* me how hot it is...

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