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Interaction Potential Energy and Polarizability

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:48 pm
by Louise Zhuang
Could someone explain what is the interaction potential energy and what is polarizability? Is the potential always negative? Why?

Re: Interaction Potential Energy and Polarizability

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:02 pm
by Te Jung Yang 4K
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.