Interaction Potential Energy

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Aprice_1J
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Interaction Potential Energy

Postby Aprice_1J » Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:27 am

In the equation EP is inversely related to -(a1-a2/r^6), where do we find the values that we plug into this and why is it necessary to have a negative in the beginning?

Haley Dveirin 1E
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Re: Interaction Potential Energy

Postby Haley Dveirin 1E » Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:35 am

There is a negative sign because the EP is always negative because it is always an attractive force.

Jillian C 4C
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Re: Interaction Potential Energy

Postby Jillian C 4C » Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:14 pm

The variable a1 represents the charge of the first ion (cation) while a2 is the charge of the second ion (anion).


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