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Electrical stability of an atom

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1. Homework Statement
As shown in class the electric potential energy of a water molecule is -5.33 eV. Which molecule is more electrically stable, H2O or CO? Why?


2. Homework Equations
EPE=Kc*q1*q2/r12


3. The Attempt at a Solution

The water molecule's EPE is -5.33 eV. The carbon monoxide molecule's EPE is -2.04 eV. Am I correct in believing that the carbon monoxide molecule is more stable, as the magnitude of its charge is lower?
 

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The question has do do with potential energy, not charge.
 
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Alright then, let's see . . .

eV is a unit of energy. Therefore would I be correct in concluding that the CO molecule has a quantity of energy closer to zero and therefore it would be more electrically stable?
 

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