Does protons have any amount of negative charge such that its net charge is positive?

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Protons and neutrons are all part of a class of particles called hadrons. These hadrons are composed of yet smaller particles called which stick together in either 3s or pairs in order to create these particles.

There are 6 different types of quarks: 3 'up-type' quarks called up, charm and...

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Protons and neutrons are all part of a class of particles called hadrons. These hadrons are composed of yet smaller particles called which stick together in either 3s or pairs in order to create these particles.

There are 6 different types of quarks: 3 'up-type' quarks called up, charm and top and 3 'down type quarks called down, strange and bottom. The charge of the up type quarks is 2/3 that of the proton and electron, whilst the down type quarks are -1/3.

To make a proton, 3 of the quarks stick together, 2 up quarks and a down quark. The 'negative charge' you talk about is likely the -1/3 charge of the down quark in the proton.

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