Interaction potential energy

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claudia_1h
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Interaction potential energy

Postby claudia_1h » Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:14 pm

In the slides from the last lecture, Dr. Lavelle wrote Ep is proportional to a1a2/r^6 and then 1/r^6. Are these both for interaction potential energy? Do they show different things?

Myka G 1l
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Re: Interaction potential energy

Postby Myka G 1l » Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:37 pm

I think the first equation where Ep is proportional to a1a2/r^6 is the real equation and the second equation where 1/r^6 was used to demonstrate the inverse effect that distance has on interaction potential energy.


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