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Conduction and the shape of electricity

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Old 06-08-2008, 10:45 AM
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At what age range of pupil is that explanation aimed?


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Old 06-08-2008, 02:44 PM
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In sci.physics.relativity, Cwatters
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<r--dnfeW_MqpJdbVnZ2dnUVZ8vqdnZ2d@posted.plusnet>:

Good question, especially since in an electric field the
atoms are no longer spherical, but squished or stretched,
storing energy as they do so.[*]

Not that mitch makes all that much sense even without such
considerations, but the world is a complicated place; the
electron double-slit comes to mind. How does a particle
interfere with itself? And yet, that's exactly what's
happening, somehow.

(I'll admit I don't know precisely how, though QM gives
one a model and the means by which one can estimate
the result.)
[*] I'm not sure how squished or stretched they are in
normal circumstances anyway; the shape of anything but
1s orbitals is not guaranteed to be spherical. The
usual "pear shape" of 2p orbitals, of course, is probably
rapidly shifting around as opposed to its static
presentation in most textbooks; that might give at least
spherical shells over the long term, absent external
influences such as the aforementioned electric field.

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