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.


The #"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.