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Rotational–vibrational coupling scale model

  1. Sep 9, 2010 #1
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  3. Sep 17, 2010 #2


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    Wouldn't really work as a good model, considering the molecular vibrational states are quantized. (and we like to pretend rotational-vibrational coupling doesn't exist when constructing partition functions)

    But yeah, it's mostly just sticks.
  5. Sep 17, 2010 #4
    @chemisttree: I'd be satisfied with 2D, and wouldn't complain about a little axial friction.

    @alxm: Ok, but it's still interesting even as a classical system. It isn't obvious for everyone to visualize just how the spring constant affects rotation. Or how rotation speed affects vibration amplitude.
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