Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

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

Chapter 32 - Think and Discuss: 52


Classical electromagnetic theory predicts that accelerating charges emit electromagnetic radiation.

Work Step by Step

The orbiting, accelerating electron would radiate continually. It would gradually lose energy as it spiraled inward to crash into the nucleus. (This is analogous to satellites that encounter atmospheric drag and eventually fall to Earth.) This is discussed on pages 608-609.
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