Parallel orientation lower in energy than antiparallel orientation

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Why is the parallel orientation slightly lower in energy than the anitiparallel orientiation?
 

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What is the context of your question?
 
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asdf1 said:
Why is the parallel orientation slightly lower in energy than the anitiparallel orientiation?
Because [itex]-cos(0) < -cos(2\pi)[/itex]
 
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Slight typo there Gokul, because [itex]-cos(0) < -cos(\pi)[/itex]
 
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thank you very much!
 
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arunbg said:
Slight typo there Gokul, because [itex]-cos(0) < -cos(\pi)[/itex]
Gah, yes of course.

However, the point I was trying to convey was that the question needed to be more specific for the answer to be meaningful.
 
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ok~ sorry about that~
 
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Don't just say you are sorry- be more specific! What is the context of the question? What is it that is "parallel" or "anti-parallel" and what energy are you talking about?
 

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