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Quarks Quarks are curious things I found them very interesting I guess I can start at the beginning The first question would be What are quarks Wellthey are and group of elementary particles that are basic constituents of all hadrons Well thats a great question for a physicist Not for me I had to go a lot farther to get the answer to that question Basically quarks are the building blocks of everything you see Quarks combine to make protons and neutrons which form the nucleus of and atom which in turn forms everything on Earth There are also anti-quarks but I will not get them until later There are six different kinds of quarks 1 Up 2 Down 3 Charm 4 Strange 5 Top and 6 Bottom These different kinds of quarks combine with each other in groups of threes to form protons neutrons and other particles called baryons Most of our works is made up of up quarks and down quarks Neither of these quarks could exist as an isolated particle because their masses would be very small An up quark has and electric charge of 23 and a down quark has an electric charge of -13 These are compared to the fundamental charge of an electron which is 1 A charm quark and its partner the strange quark are very rare The electric charge of a charm quark is 23 which is the same as an up quark The mass of a charm quark is almost twice the mass of a proton The strange quark has an electric charge of 13 It has an equal charge to the down quark The mass of the strange quark is half the mass of a proton Strange quarks were first discovered when strange particles were first observed in cosmic rays These particles rotted radioactively which gave off strange patterns in a particle detector or cloud chamber Top and bottom quarks are You guessed it partners
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