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Logarythmic
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How can I find the turning points for the one dimensional Morse potential
[tex]V(x) = D(e^{-2ax}-2e^{-ax})[/tex]
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[tex]V(x) = D(e^{-2ax}-2e^{-ax})[/tex]
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Logarythmic said:Ok, but I'm studying classical mechanics so I think I have to use another approach...
A Morse potential is a mathematical model used to describe the potential energy of a diatomic molecule. It takes into account the attractive force between the two atoms as well as the repulsive force at very short distances.
The turning points of a Morse potential can be found by solving the equation V'(x) = 0, where V'(x) is the derivative of the potential energy function with respect to the distance between the two atoms. This will give the locations of the turning points, where the potential energy changes from increasing to decreasing or vice versa.
Knowing the turning points of a Morse potential is important in understanding the behavior of a diatomic molecule. It can help determine the stability of the molecule and provide insight into its vibrational and rotational energies.
Yes, the turning points of a Morse potential can be calculated analytically by solving the equation V'(x) = 0. However, in some cases, numerical methods may be necessary to find the turning points.
The turning points of a Morse potential mark the locations where the potential energy curve changes from concave up to concave down or vice versa. This affects the overall shape of the curve and can give information about the strength of the bond between the two atoms in the molecule.