What is the actual size of zero

The effective size of atoms

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According to wave mechanics, the electron density of an atom decreases asymptotically towards zero with increasing distance from the atomic center. An atom therefore has no defined size. When two atoms come closer to one another, forces become increasingly active between them.

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About this chapter
Title
The effective size of atoms
Book
Inorganic structural chemistry

Print ISBN: 978-3-8348-0626-0

Electronic ISBN: 978-3-8348-9545-5

Copyright Year: 2008

https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-8348-9545-5

DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-8348-9545-5_6

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