1862: Particle Properties
Title text: Each particle also has a password which allows its properties to be changed, but the cosmic censorship hypothesis suggests we can never observe the password itself—only its secure hash.
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A table is presented comparing the range (maxmium and minimum value) and scale (how big number increments are) of several measures. The table begins by listing properties pertinent to particle physics as the title sugests, but after failing to provide a good indication of flavor, quickly devolves to other domains, such as role playing games (such as D&D) and sports.
|Electric charge||[-1,1]|| A particle can either have a negative charge (noted by -1), a positive charge (noted by +1), or no (neutral) charge (noted by 0). Subatomic particles (quarks) have charges of ± ⅓ or ± ⅔, but cannot exist on their own (they must be combined to create a particle with integer charge).
The charge is shown in increments of a third from -1 to +1 which are the only know charges of the fundamental particles; however there are some exotic particles with twice integer charge e.g. the recently discovered double charmed Xi baryon with charge of +2.
|Mass||[0,∞) in kg|| Mass is the measure of an object or particle's resistance to force, as well as its ability to distort spacetime (its gravitational attraction).
Theoretically, any object's mass could approach infinity, but mass cannot be below 0. Some particles, such as photons, have zero rest mass and are therefore massless.
|Spin number||(-∞,∞) (Intervals of ½)|| Spin is an intrinsic properties of particles, Spin is a relativistic form of angular momentum. The spin of a particle determines what statistics the particle follows, half odd integer spin particles are classified as fermions and integer spin particles are bosons.
Two fermions cannot have exactly the same state, this is known as the Pauli exclusion principle. Thus for fermions to exist in the same position, they must have opposite spins, of + ½ and - ½. It follows that a maximum of two identical fermions (e.g. two electrons) may exist in the same position.
|Flavor||Misc. quantum numbers||Flavor is a series of quantum numbers that do not fit neatly onto a set of dimensional axis|
|Color charge||3D coordinate system with R, G and B axes||Color charge can be Red Green or Blue, the color of a particle must sum to white so a particle can be RGB or Red anti-Red or equivalent. The color charge confines the quarks, separating quarks requires so much energy that jets of particles are created, so color is a property inferred as it cannot be observed on its own. This is the last entry currently used to describe particles by particle physicists.|
|Mood||[😠,😄] on a number line||Mood particles are not considered to have emotion but Randall implies that there is a quantized 5 point scale which would have some effect of the properties of the particle.|
|Alignment||3x3 grid with varying shades (columns Good-Evil, rows Lawful-Chaotic)||The "Alignment" tab corresponds with the Alignments grid of Dungeons & Dragons, where characters are traditionally given one of nine ideological alignments, with "Lawful", "Neutral" and "Chaotic" on one axis and "Good", "Neutral" and "Evil" on the other. This may be a reference to the now defunct names of the two heaviest known quarks: truth and beauty.|
|Hit points||[0,∞)||Video games often have values for players and other entities that represent health (also called hit points or HP). Generally there is not necessarily a limit on this value, but it does not often go below 0 as the zero value is considered "dead" (or some equivalent).|
|Rating||5-star scale||The five-star rating system is often used to rate films, TV shows, restaurants, and hotels. Randall has previously criticized this system in 937: TornadoGuard and 1098: Star Ratings.|
|Batting average||[0,100) in %|
|Proof||[0,200)||This refers to alcohol proof, which is the measure of the amount of ethanol in a beverage by volume. The proof of a beverage is two times the percentage of ethanol, so the maximum value is 200.|
|Heat||No jalapeños - 3 jalapeños, increasing||Spicy peppers are measured by the intensity of the spicy flavor, usually ranging from values like "mild" to "hot". The gray jalapeño likely represents negligible or no spicy taste in the food.|
|Street value||[0,∞) in $|
|Entropy||This already has like 20 different confusing meanings, so it probably means something here, too.||The term "entropy", which began as a thermodynamic measure, has since been adopted by analogy into multiple seemingly unrelated domains. The table doesn't seem to know what domain it is in, but (possibly in a desperate attempt to hide this) deems it safe to assume the unknown domain uses the term "entropy" for something!|
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- Particle Properties in Physics
|Electric charge||[Scale with -1, 0 and +1 labeled]|
|Mass||[Scale with 0, 1kg and 2kg labeled]|
|Spin number||[Scale with -1, -½ 0, ½ and 1 labeled]|
|Flavor||(Misc. quantum numbers)|
|Color charge||[3D plot with R, G and B axes] (Quarks only)|
|Mood||[Scale labeled with 5 emoticons, from angry to happy]|
|Alignment||[3x3 grid with varying shades] Good-Evil, Lawful-Chaotic|
|Hit points||[Scale starting from 0]|
|Rating||[Star rating of 3.5/5 stars]|
|Batting average||[Scale from 0% to 100%]|
|Proof||[Scale from 0 to 200]|
|Heat||[Scale labeled with pepper icons, from 0 to 3]|
|Street value||[Scale with $0, $100 and $200 labeled]|
|Entropy||(This already has like 20 different confusing meanings, so it probably means something here, too.)|
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