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Interaction Potential Energy equation

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:34 pm
by Madeera_Mian_3B
Just reading over the notes and wondering how to use the Interaction potential energy equation, how do you find the polarizability and distance.

Re: Interaction Potential Energy equation

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:31 am
by Hannah Morales 1D
polarizability depends on the number of electrons and size of atom or molecule, while the distance (r) increases as interaction decreases. (I'm not entirely sure how you can find r, but I'm pretty sure if it was in a question it might just be given or you might have to estimate it based on periodic table trends.)

I think he might have said that we will never use the formula itself but should understand what it means.

Re: Interaction Potential Energy equation

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:08 am
by Ray Guo 4C
E_p∝−(α_1 α_2)/r^6