Analyzing 1D Motion of a Particle in a Potential

In summary, the conversation discusses the one dimensional motion of a particle in a potential and obtaining expressions for x as a function of time for different values of total energy. The method used involves setting up an integral and using a substitution to solve it. Further clarification is sought on the process.
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Logarythmic
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Consider the one dimensional motion of a particle in the potential

[tex]V(x)=D(e^{-2ax}-2e^{-ax})[/tex].

I'm supposed to obtain the expressions for x as a function of time separately for the cases that the total energy E is positive, zero or negative.

I have used

[tex]\frac{1}{2}m\dot{x}^2 + V(x) - E = 0[/tex]

and got the integral

[tex]\int \sqrt{\frac{m}{2(E-V(x))}}dx[/tex]

to solve.

First, is this a correct method?

Second, how do I solve this integral?
 
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  • #2
Yes, it looks okay. The same kinda substitution i advised in the thread on turning points would be useful.

Daniel.
 
  • #3
You guess a solution.
 

Related to Analyzing 1D Motion of a Particle in a Potential

1. What is 1D motion of a particle in a potential?

1D motion of a particle in a potential refers to the movement of a particle along a single dimension (usually x-axis) under the influence of a potential energy function. This type of motion is commonly studied in physics and engineering to understand the behavior of particles in various systems.

2. What is a potential energy function?

A potential energy function is a mathematical representation of the potential energy of a particle at different positions in a system. It is typically denoted by V(x), where x is the position of the particle along the chosen dimension. The shape of the potential energy function can provide information about the forces acting on the particle and its equilibrium points.

3. How is 1D motion in a potential analyzed?

1D motion in a potential is analyzed by solving the equations of motion, which describe the relationship between the position, velocity, and acceleration of the particle. This can be done using calculus techniques such as differentiation and integration. The resulting equations can then be used to determine the position, velocity, and acceleration of the particle at any given time.

4. What is the significance of studying 1D motion in a potential?

Studying 1D motion in a potential allows us to understand the behavior of particles in various systems, such as simple harmonic oscillators, pendulums, and electric circuits. It also provides insights into the forces acting on the particle and how they affect its motion. This knowledge is useful in many fields, including physics, engineering, and chemistry.

5. How does the potential energy affect the motion of a particle?

The potential energy of a particle affects its motion by determining the forces acting on the particle and its equilibrium points. The particle will tend to move towards areas of lower potential energy and away from areas of higher potential energy. This results in different types of motion, such as oscillations, stable equilibrium, or unstable equilibrium, depending on the shape of the potential energy function.

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