What is an Electron?

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Reactions Science Videos | January 21, 2022

When it comes to electrons — one of the fundamental building blocks of all matter — there are lots of unanswered questions. How big are they? What are they made out of? What … are they? In this video we take a crack at answering the most basic, and yet perplexing, questions about some chemists’ favorite particles.

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