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Why Do Particles Spin?

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Posted by CL on April 5, 2000 17:34:10 UTC

I don`t understand why a particle must always spin at a specific value intrinsic to its identity...I mean, if a basketball didn`t have spin = 1, it would still be a basketball; but not an electron. Why do particles spin at a specific value, and why do they have to spin at all? Also...if I took control of say, a neutron, would I be able to force it to spin faster with some kinda machine? If it spun faster would it still be a neutron?, and would its decay products ( a neutrino, a proton, and an electron ) still have to shoot off with spins whose sum add up to the initial spin of the neutron. Which of the decay particles would end up with the off-set spin? I already understand the concept of quantum increments, and that spins come in defined values and not fractions, so please don`t give me an answer to that unless its necesarry. Can somebody help?

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