My latest rant -- the speed of electrons.
This is a complicated question for anyone who knows hard stuff about science, really.
While I was in science class today, we were learning about electrons, neutrons, protons, etc...
Of course, electrons orbit around the nucleus of an atom, for those of you that didn't know that.
Well, I asked my science teacher, "Can electrons go faster than the speed of light?" and she said, "You know, I've never been asked that one before, and I honestly don't know. When you get home, look it up and let me know what the answer is, if it's been figured out."
So I got home and googled it. As far as my studies show, an electron travels less than 1% of the speed of light, and (unless I'm mistaken), the farther away the electrons are from the atom, the slower they move.
For example, the valence electrons (electrons in the very outer shell) of say, a Uranium atom would move much, much slower than the electrons in the most inner shell.
I'm curious though. Does anyone know if this is true? And I'd really like to know how fast electrons move on average, and if there's some kind of formula to tell how fast they're moving.