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11980462 No.11980462 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

How can the strong/weak/electromagnetic interaction be considered forces, if they require the exchange of particles?

When I knock out someone by throwing a ball in his face then the ball isn't the force but I am exerting the force on the ball to cause its movement. What force makes gauge bosons move?

>> No.11980555


>> No.11980557

conservation of momentum. Remember that [math] F = \frac{d}{dt} p [/math]

>> No.11980559

the simulation, maaaan


>> No.11980560

So a new particle pops up and what is giving it momentum?

>> No.11980582

Remember that this is just a model that we can use to predict things and is not necessarily a "true" description of what's happening.

But yes if one particle (let's say an electron) emits a bosonic force carrying particle (let's say a photon), the total momentum before the emission and after the emission of this must be equal. Likewise, if another electron (let's call it e2) absorbs this photon, the total momentum of e2 + the photon has to be conserved

>> No.11980602

Science isn't exactly known for having a coherent ontology. If you're interested in the nature of the world, you should go into philosophy instead. Science is just built around predicting, not describing the world.

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