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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A new (fifth) force has been proposed that binds an object to a central body through a potential

energy function given by:

[tex]U(r) = -Dr^{\frac{-3}{2}}[/tex]

[tex]2 r > 0[/tex] and [tex]D > 0[/tex]

(a) What is the (central) force F(r) associated with this potential energy function?

The object (with mass m) is in an orbit around a central body. The central body is electrically

neutral so we can ignore the Coulomb force. Further, we can ignore the gravitational force

between the object and the central body as it is insignificant compared to the “fifth force.”

(b) What is the total energy of this body in orbit? Is it bound to the central body? Explain

your reasoning.

(c) Using the Bohr model that says that angular momentum is quantized, [tex]L = mvr = n\hbar[/tex], determine the permitted values of the object’s radius [tex]r_{n}[/tex].

(d) The total energy of the object associated with [tex]r_{n}[/tex] is also quantized. The general form of this energy expression is [tex]En = an^{b}[/tex] where a and b are constants. Determine these constants.

2. Relevant equations

[tex]E=U+K[/tex]

[tex]F=ma[/tex] (I think..)

3. The attempt at a solution

a:

Got this one:

Differentiate the first formula to [tex]dU(r) = {\frac{3}{2}}Dr^{\frac{-5}{2}}[/tex]

b:

this one too:

[tex]E=U+K[/tex]

with [tex]K=\frac{1}{2}mv^{2}[/tex] and [tex]U=-Dr^{\frac{-3}{2}}[/tex]

c:

I tried [tex]{\frac{3}{2}}Dr^{\frac{-5}{2}}=ma[/tex] and [tex]a=\frac{v^{2}}{r_{n}}[/tex] with gives [tex]r_{n}=\frac{9}{4}(\frac{D}{nv\hbar})^{2}[/tex] but I don't know if it is correct.

d. I don't know how tackle this.

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# Homework Help: Quantization using the bohr model

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