Well, yes and no, Nickrz. If I am understanding my engineering physics book correctly, free electrons are ‘loosely’ held by the metal atoms the surround, mind you they are so weakly held that no one atom can really be said to ‘hold’ the electron.
[A metal atom, such as copper, contains one or more outer electrons, which are weakly bound to the nucleus. When many atoms combine to form a metal, the so-called free electrons are these outer electrons, which are not bound to any one atom. These electrons move about the metal in a manner similar to gas molecules moving in a container.][Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 3rd ed. Serway. pg 631.]
So it could be said to be loosely held.
Also, not to sound pedantic, but 50Hz is the European standard for alternating current if I remember correctly.
I wonder what kind of voltage would be needed to force a charge across neutronium.
[Note: Am an Engineer who is more concerned with the logical aspects of semiconductor gate construction and the debugging thereof, and I am moderately rusty on electrical physics at the moment.]
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