Jared asked in Science & MathematicsPhysics · 1 decade ago

How does the atomic hypothesis explain magnetism?

I know I'm being a little vague, but any valid information would be a huge aid to my understanding of science. Thanks :)


I also just found out about another state of matter, seen here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bose%E2%80%93Einstein...

Update 2:

Thanks Randy,

I study science in my spare time, I never did it at school because I was anti-school back then.

I am partially glad for this decision, though, as much of what is taught at that level isn't precisely correct. For instance, the idea that there are only 3 states of matter; neglecting plasma.


I will try to find out more about electrons/spin :)

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Magnetism is explained by electron spin (each electron is a tiny magnet). Depending on exactly what is meant by the "atomic hypothesis", that may or may not include electron spin.

    Perhaps there was an earlier hypothesis that motion of the electron in an orbit created a current loop that caused magnetism. We no longer believe this.

    You need the details of "the atomic hypothesis" from YOUR class notes.

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