Interaction Potential Energy

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Zoya Mulji 1K
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Interaction Potential Energy

Postby Zoya Mulji 1K » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:49 am

Why is the interaction potential energy always negative?

Luyan Zhang - 2D
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Re: Interaction Potential Energy

Postby Luyan Zhang - 2D » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:11 pm

It is always negative because there is always an attractive force pulling two atoms or molecules together

Alan Wu
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Re: Interaction Potential Energy

Postby Alan Wu » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:53 pm

It is negative because the attractive forces are lowering the energy of the molecule by pulling them closer together. In contrast, the energy you put in to break the bonds would have a positive value.

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Re: Interaction Potential Energy

Postby nickianel_4b » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:00 pm

Forming bonds releases energy (negative value) while breaking bonds requires energy (positive value).

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