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CALC The potential energy of a pair of hydrogen atoms

University Physics | 13th Edition | ISBN: 9780321675460 | Authors: Hugh D. Young, Roger A. Freedman ISBN: 9780321675460 31

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Problem 34E

CALC The potential energy of a pair of hydrogen atoms separated by a large distance x is given by U(x) = -C6/x6, where C6 is a positive constant. What is the force that one atom exerts on the other? Is this force attractive or repulsive?

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Solution 34E The potential energy is, C 6 U = x6 We can get the force from this potential as, U C 6 6 6C6 F = x = x( x6) = C ×6 x5 = x5 This is the force an atom exerts on the other. 5 The minus sign indicates that, the force is an attractive force. But the x term in the denominator says that, as the distance between the atoms increases, the force decreases. So, it is an attractive force.

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Textbook: University Physics
Edition: 13
Author: Hugh D. Young, Roger A. Freedman
ISBN: 9780321675460

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