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Finding binding energy from equilibrium bond length

  1. Oct 9, 2009 #1
    1. The equilibrium bond length of the He dimer is 2.97 angstroms. What is the binding energy in kJ/mol for this dimer? Would be dimer be stable at room temperature T= 300K (Hint: compare the binding energy to kT)

    2. interaction potential for the dimer:

    V(r) = (B/r^13)-(C/r^6), where B= 9.29 x 10^4 kJ(angstrom^13)(mol^-1) and C= 97.7 kJ (angstrom^6)(mol^-1)

    3. I didn't know what to do. My guess was to plug the equilibrium bond length into the interaction potential equation, but this gave me a negative answer. I figured that my answer couldn't be negative if I had to compare the binding energy to kT. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  3. Oct 9, 2009 #2


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    Perhaps negative binding energy tells you something about stability?

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