• Question: An atom is made of protons, nuetrons and electrons. So what are these three made of?

    Asked by anon-267543 on 5 Nov 2020.
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      James Lees answered on 5 Nov 2020:

      Neutrons and Protons are made of of ‘Quarks’. Electrons aren’t made of anything else. They are their own thing.

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      Adrien Chauvet answered on 5 Nov 2020:

      Quarks and gluon… which might themselves be made of something smaller.

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      Juan Pereiro Viterbo answered on 5 Nov 2020:

      Smaller particles… Quarks! they come in different flavours (which is the way we call the types of quarks) and they are bound by gluons (which are bosons, other type of particle)

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      Daisy Shearer answered on 5 Nov 2020:

      The theory of particle physics called ‘the Standard Model’ says that electrons are an elementary particle so they aren’t thought to be made of anything smaller. Protons and neutrons are both a type of particle called a ‘Baryon’ and they are made up of three quarks. Like electrons, quarks are thought to be an elementary particle and they combine in lots of different ways to make all sorts of particles!

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      Andreas Korn answered on 16 Nov 2020:

      Protons and Neutrons are made of quarks. There are 6 quark types we know of: up, down, charm, strange, top and bottom.
      The Proton is made of 2 ups and 1 down, the Neutron of 1 up and 2 down quarks. Electrons as far as we know are elementary and not composed of other particles.