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Question Video: Identifying the Sixth Quark Given a List of Five Quarks Chemistry

The diagram shows five of the six types of quarks. Which type of quark is missing?

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The diagram below shows five of the six types of quarks. Which type of quark is missing? (A) 𝛼, (B) 𝛽, (C) charm, (D) odd, or (E) normal.

Quarks are defined as the subatomic particles that make up protons and neutrons and are fundamental constituents of matter. Murray Gell-Mann and George Zweig independently proposed the quark model in 1964. The quark model states that many large particles are made up of different types of quarks. Quarks can be considered to be fundamental building blocks of matter because they make up larger particles such as protons and neutrons.

There are six different types of quarks. These are known as flavors of quarks. The six flavors of quarks are up, down, top, bottom, strange, and charm. You may have noticed that each of them are represented by the lowercase form of the letter they start with. The quark that we were not given in the question is charm. So the answer to the question “Which type of quark is missing?” is (C) charm.

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