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Tinaa
2004-Jan-04, 05:26 AM
I think I've got a handle on the other three forces, but I need some help with the weak force. Is the only thing it is responsible for is the decay of other particles (quarks and leptons) into smaller particles? I think I am missing something here. Help! :blink:

Littlemews
2004-Jan-04, 05:48 AM
Is the only thing it is responsible for is the decay of other particles (quarks and leptons) into smaller particles?

Yes, I guess
The weak force facilitates the decay of heavy particles into smaller siblings.

Tinaa
2004-Jan-04, 06:00 AM
Thanks, but I know about the other forces and I've read some books and several web sites. I guess I want to know why this force is important. I know it acts on quarks and leptons, they are very massive particles, and there are three of them: W+, W- and Z. W+ and W- can change the 'flavor' of quarks and leptons. Does this force dissolve the "gluon" force carrier?

Littlemews
2004-Jan-04, 06:05 AM
Does this force dissolve the "gluon" force carrier?
No I guess, >< I am bad at physic I hope this website will help you :)

Strong Force Force carrier: gluon
Weak Force Force carrier: W- , W+, and Z0.
Gravity Theorized force carrier: graviton.
Electromagnetism Force carrier: photon.


http://quanten.ludibunda.ch/e/quarks/W-force/

http://quanten.ludibunda.ch/glossary/f_en-w-force.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/acti...elegant_02.html (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/activities/3012_elegant_02.html)

damienpaul
2004-Jan-04, 12:01 PM
that is my understanding also

lazserus
2004-Jan-05, 07:14 PM
yea

damienpaul
2004-Jan-05, 11:43 PM
it is my understanding, but i would also like to be corrected if necessary