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Why do positive and negative forces attract?

PeacefulChaos
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7/13/2014 3:58:34 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At first, upon reading the question, you might think it's ridiculous. It's simply intuitive that positive attracts negative, while like forces repel. This is something we've simply been taught countless times in school, and if we ever doubted it, the teacher would just get some magnets and demonstrate it for us. But we were never taught why this is.

Is there any kind of answer to this question beyond "That's just how the universe works?" Do you think it's possible we will ever obtain an answer to this question?
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7/13/2014 4:59:01 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 7/13/2014 4:18:43 PM, Greyparrot wrote:
maybe something along the lines like a vacuum seeks to be filled?

What do you mean by that?

Like higher density to lower density?
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7/13/2014 6:14:32 PM
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Positive/negative is just a way of describing charges that attract and repeal each other by convention. Don't think too much of it.
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7/13/2014 10:46:37 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 7/13/2014 3:58:34 PM, PeacefulChaos wrote:
At first, upon reading the question, you might think it's ridiculous. It's simply intuitive that positive attracts negative, while like forces repel. This is something we've simply been taught countless times in school, and if we ever doubted it, the teacher would just get some magnets and demonstrate it for us. But we were never taught why this is.

Is there any kind of answer to this question beyond "That's just how the universe works?" Do you think it's possible we will ever obtain an answer to this question?

http://en.wikipedia.org...
Vi_Veri
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7/14/2014 12:40:13 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
The answer to this particular question just begets another question. As Mark Twain said, "It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense."

That's why, as a society, we just try to make due with what we need to get things done. Stare took deeply into the void, and the void will start staring back at you.
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tahir.imanov
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7/14/2014 5:23:07 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
Because positive finds negative to be very attractive.

And by the way your question is wrong.
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7/14/2014 8:07:26 AM
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I don't think one can say that "positive and negative forces attract."
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7/14/2014 4:11:45 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 7/14/2014 5:23:07 AM, tahir.imanov wrote:
Because positive finds negative to be very attractive.

And by the way your question is wrong.

How should it have been asked?
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7/14/2014 6:21:19 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 7/13/2014 3:58:34 PM, PeacefulChaos wrote:
At first, upon reading the question, you might think it's ridiculous. It's simply intuitive that positive attracts negative, while like forces repel. This is something we've simply been taught countless times in school, and if we ever doubted it, the teacher would just get some magnets and demonstrate it for us. But we were never taught why this is.

Is there any kind of answer to this question beyond "That's just how the universe works?" Do you think it's possible we will ever obtain an answer to this question?

Because, without one, the other has no meaning.
tahir.imanov
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7/14/2014 10:06:51 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 7/14/2014 4:11:45 PM, PeacefulChaos wrote:
At 7/14/2014 5:23:07 AM, tahir.imanov wrote:
Because positive finds negative to be very attractive.

And by the way your question is wrong.

How should it have been asked?

There exist charged particles. Because some of them attract others, but push away same particles of the same group, to make things easier some of them denoted as positive (protons) and some of them negative (electrons).
This explanation is not entirely accurate, I just simplified.

Force is vectoral, therefore if one force is in opposite direction relative to other, one denoted as negative.
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7/14/2014 10:16:50 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 7/14/2014 10:06:51 PM, tahir.imanov wrote:
At 7/14/2014 4:11:45 PM, PeacefulChaos wrote:
At 7/14/2014 5:23:07 AM, tahir.imanov wrote:
Because positive finds negative to be very attractive.

And by the way your question is wrong.

How should it have been asked?

There exist charged particles. Because some of them attract others, but push away same particles of the same group, to make things easier some of them denoted as positive (protons) and some of them negative (electrons).
This explanation is not entirely accurate, I just simplified.

Force is vectoral, therefore if one force is in opposite direction relative to other, one denoted as negative.

Yeah I'm aware of protons and electrons and forces. But my question is within your explanation:

"Because some of them attract others, but push away same particles of the same group."

I know this is the case, but not why this is the case.
tahir.imanov
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7/15/2014 6:22:02 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 7/14/2014 10:16:50 PM, PeacefulChaos wrote:
At 7/14/2014 10:06:51 PM, tahir.imanov wrote:
At 7/14/2014 4:11:45 PM, PeacefulChaos wrote:
At 7/14/2014 5:23:07 AM, tahir.imanov wrote:
Because positive finds negative to be very attractive.

And by the way your question is wrong.

How should it have been asked?

There exist charged particles. Because some of them attract others, but push away same particles of the same group, to make things easier some of them denoted as positive (protons) and some of them negative (electrons).
This explanation is not entirely accurate, I just simplified.

Force is vectoral, therefore if one force is in opposite direction relative to other, one denoted as negative.

Yeah I'm aware of protons and electrons and forces. But my question is within your explanation:

"Because some of them attract others, but push away same particles of the same group."

I know this is the case, but not why this is the case.
Science can answer how things work, but not why they work in a way they work.
This is red.