Interaction Potential Energy and Polarizability

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Louise Zhuang
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Interaction Potential Energy and Polarizability

Postby Louise Zhuang » Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:48 pm

Could someone explain what is the interaction potential energy and what is polarizability? Is the potential always negative? Why?

Te Jung Yang 4K
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Re: Interaction Potential Energy and Polarizability

Postby Te Jung Yang 4K » Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:02 pm

Interactive potential energy is the energy required to break the interactive forces between molecules/atoms.
Polarizability is the how easily electrons from an atom is distorted (displaced away from the nucleus of the atom).
Interactive potential energy is always negative as it is always attractive by definition.


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