how big is a particle

How Big is a Particle?

Particles of all different shapes and sizes are less than 0.5 nanometers (µm)

  • Polymeric Particles 0.5µm
  • Metal Particles 0.5µm
  • Ceramic Particles 0.5µm

What is a Particle?

The above is an overview but not accurate as a particle has no exact size. So, what is a particle? A particle is the smallest piece of itself. What do I mean by this? Imagine you have a pebble and whack it with a lump hammer and it breaks to a smaller size, but if you smashed it with a hammer until it is the smallest possible non-breakable fragment of itself then that is a ‘PARTICLE’

A particle is a basic fundamental element of energy:

  • Atoms
  • Protons
  • Electrons
  • Photons
  • Molecules
  • Ions

A particle can also be?

The term ‘Particle’ is often used by scientists and theorists to describe the smallest part of anything. Example: Astronomers like myself often use the term particle to describe stars in the night sky, unlike a Physicist that uses it to describe them as electrons.

  • Atoms are ‘Neutral Particles’ in the singular.
  • An ion is a charged particle
  • A molecule is two or more particle joined to each other

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