Hi guys.... I have a small question on potential energies:(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

I have got two potential energies: [tex]

\begin{equation}

U_1=-\frac{k^2}{2}+\frac{w\sqrt{3}}{2}\sin^2\theta \cos 2 \phi

\end{equation}

[/tex]

and [tex]

\begin{equation}

U_2==-\frac{k^2}{2}+\frac{w\sqrt{3}}{2}\sin^2\theta \sin 2 \phi

\end{equation}

[/tex]

where k is a constant and 0<theta<pi and 0<phi<2 pi. I minimized both of these and found that say for k=1, w=0.5 both U1 and U2 have the SAME value (-0.9333 I guess) but DIFFERENT minima....Does it mean that the two potentials represent the same physics or could the physical situations corresponding to both be different?

Thanks

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

# Potential energies

Loading...

Similar Threads for Potential energies |
---|

I Tunneling through a finite potential barrier |

A Vacuum in QFT: Fock space or effective potential? |

I Probabilities Associated with Sudden Changes in Potential |

I Kinetic and Potential energy operators commutation |

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**