Interaction Potential Energy

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Adam Kramer 1A
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Interaction Potential Energy

Postby Adam Kramer 1A » Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:06 pm

I remember Lavelle mentioning that interaction potential energy is proportional to -q1q2/r^6, but when I looked online, I found a lot of sources saying it was actually equal to kq1q2/r. Can someone explain the difference in the equations and why they are different, as well as which is more correct?

Selena Yu 1H
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Re: Interaction Potential Energy

Postby Selena Yu 1H » Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:42 pm

The formula, kq1q2/r, refer to the electric potential energy which finds the potential energy between two charges. While the formula, Dr.Lavelle talked about in class refers to the interaction potential energy which finds the potential energy between two atoms.

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Re: Interaction Potential Energy

Postby asannajust_1J » Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:43 pm

This is the potential energy for the intermolecular interactions rather the ones within a molecule.

AryaG_4C
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Re: Interaction Potential Energy

Postby AryaG_4C » Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:09 pm

What exactly do we need to know about it for Test 2?


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