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Bohr radii and energy

  1. Oct 16, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    An electron moves along a circular orbit in the potential U=1/2*k*r^2. Using Bohr's quantization condition, find the permissible orbital radii and energy levels of the electron

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    Will someone put me on the correct path. I understand how the coulomb force is used to derive the radii of the H atom, but I do not understand how to incorporate the given pot. fct.
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  3. Oct 16, 2008 #2


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    incorporate the given potential in the following way:

    Do everything exactly as for the coulomb force, but instead of using the coulomb force use:
    \vec F=-\hat r \frac{d U}{dr}\;.
  4. Oct 17, 2008 #3
    Thanks I will give it a shot
  5. Oct 17, 2008 #4


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    ok. good luck.
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