Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 11 - Think and Explain: 58

Answer

Electrical repulsion.

Work Step by Step

Atoms do not pass through one another due to the repulsion of their negatively-charged electron clouds. Quantum-mechanical effects also prevent the overlap of electronic shells.
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