THE NATURE OF MATTER
PART I THE BACKGROUND OF MATTER
This chapter is a brief review of what is presently known regarding the structure
of matter in the universe and the physical laws which apply to that matter.
Section 1 Larger Structures of Matter
Section 2 Smaller Structures of Matter
Section 3 The Known Forces
Larger Structures of Matter
Smaller Structures of Matter
The Known Forces
|From Animals to Atoms
The Milky Way
The Local Group
|The Atomic Elements
Large Scale Structures
|The Particles of the Standard Model
Electrons and Positrons
THE KNOWN FACTS
We as humans have searched for clues to the structure and organization
of the Universe. From the perspective of humans, there are two directions in size
of objects, the smaller and the larger, in relation to us. And we have searched for
clues to the explanation of human beings being in the middle of size in both directions
of sizes of objects. We have looked at the large scale structure of the Universe
and found it only to be more beautiful in structure than was had imagined.
One direction is looking out into the Universe to see the structures of matter that
have organized in the Universe. The other direction to look is inward toward smaller
structures of matter.
This chapter is a brief survey of present knowledge as determined by experimental
science. The survey of present knowledge will look in both directions of scale, both
large and small, outward into the Universe, and inward into the atom. The survey
presents the known facts about the basic constituents of matter and about the large
scale structures of matter observed in the Universe.
Brief overviews of the dominant theories on both scales are reviewed. The present
dominant theory of elementary particles is the Standard Model. The present dominant
theory of the organization of the Universe is Big Bang Theory.
One of the most important experiments to know concerning modern physics is the two
slight experiment. The two slight experiment demonstrates clearly the wave-particle
duality of nature.
Links to Standard Model Information
Fermi National Accelerator
Laboratory - their Standard Model explanation.
The Particle Data Group - their Standard Model
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