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Potential vs Kinetic

  1. Jun 10, 2009 #1
    urgent potential vs Kinetic

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    Just a quick question. Potential energy is the measurement of a particle's position. In a proton-hydrogen deflection expirement, as the proton gets closer to the hydrogen would the electrostatic forces of between the atoms turn kinetic into potential, as the particle gets closer? Is that right?

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  3. Jun 10, 2009 #2


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    Hi thomas49th! :wink:

    Quick answer: yes, KE + PE = constant, so the increasing PE means a decreasing KE, and kinetic has been turned into potential (energy) :smile:
  4. Jun 10, 2009 #3


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    Re: urgent potential vs Kinetic

    This is physics, not mathematics, so I am moving the question.
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