Interaction Potential Energy and Distance

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Mindy Kim 4C
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Interaction Potential Energy and Distance

Postby Mindy Kim 4C » Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:22 pm

Why is distance inversely proportional to the interaction potential energy? Shouldn't it be that the closer two molecules are, the higher the potential energy?

Anushi Patel 1J
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Re: Interaction Potential Energy and Distance

Postby Anushi Patel 1J » Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:51 pm

If distance is inversely proportional to the interaction potential energy, that means as distance decreases (molecules get closer) they do have higher potential energy.


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