# Why don't positively charged nuclear particles repel each other?

##### 1 Answer
Sep 10, 2017

They do, but they are constrained by a stronger ATTRACTIVE force.

#### Explanation:

The $\text{strong nuclear force}$ operates at impossibly short nuclear ranges between protons and neutrons, and at this scale it is demonstrably STRONGER than the electrostatic force of repulsion between like charges. It is not a force that chemists have to consider. It represents the nuclear binding force.