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Bond distance

  1. Apr 18, 2015 #1
    According to my textbook
    The distance at which attractive fOrces overcome repulsive forces is called bond distance.
    I want to ask if I would say
    The distance at which repulsive forces overcome attractive forces is called bond distance
    Will it be correct?
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  3. Apr 18, 2015 #2


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    Both your statement and the one in the textbook are equivalent.

    But I would prefer to say that the bond length is the distance at which repulsive and attractive forces cancel out. "Overcome" suggests to me one being stronger than the other, which is not true - they are equal.
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