Which of the following statements best describes the role of neutrons in the nucleus?The neutrons stabilize the nucleus by balancing charge.The neutrons stabilize the nucleus by attracting electrons.The neutrons stabilize the nucleus by acting as "nuclear cement".The neutrons stabilize the nucleus by forming bonds with other neutrons.

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Which of the following statements best describes the role of neutrons in the nucleus?

The neutrons stabilize the nucleus by balancing charge.

The neutrons stabilize the nucleus by attracting electrons.

The neutrons stabilize the nucleus by acting as "nuclear cement".

The neutrons stabilize the nucleus by forming bonds with other neutrons.

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The atom is smallest particle of any element that exists. The atom itself is composed of three sub-particles:

1. Electrons-negatively charged particles which revolve around the nucleus in fixed orbits.

2. Protons-positively charged particles that exist in the nucleus and attracts the electrons to nake the atom electrically neutral.

3. Neutrons- neutral  particles that also exist in the nucleus.

Step 2

Role of neutrons in nucleus-

As the protons are positively charged and they reside in the nucleus, thus they repel each other and cannot exist together in the nucleus. Therefore, the  role of neu...

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