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Potential energy of an Atom

  1. Dec 7, 2007 #1
    How do you find the electric potential energy of a hydrogen atom using the Bohr model? I tried doing U<sub>E</sub> = K(q1)(q2)/r, using the charge of an electron and the charge of a proton for q1 and q2 and using the Bohr radius for r, but that didn't work. How do you do this? (P.S. the answer has to be in electron volts)
     
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  3. Dec 7, 2007 #2

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    Show your calculations with numerical values.
     
  4. Dec 7, 2007 #3
    Ue = (9.0e9) (1.6e-19)(-1.6e-19) / (5.29e-11)
     
  5. Dec 7, 2007 #4

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    To convert it into eV divide it by 1.6e-19.
     
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