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The Graph of an Idealized Quantized Spring-Mass Oscillator

  1. Oct 29, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    See attached image.
    Match the type of system or situation to the appropriate energy level diagram.
    1) hadronic (such as deltacap.gif +)
    2) idealized quantized spring-mass oscillator
    3) nuclear (such as the nucleus of a carbon atom)
    4) vibrational states of a diatomic molecule such as O2
    5) rotational states of a diatomic molecule such as O2
    6) electronic, vibrational, and rotational states of a diatomic molecule such as O2
    7) electronic states of a single atom such as hydrogen


    2. Relevant equations
    No equations.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know the typical spacing between levels in a hadronic system is 10^8 eV = 100 MeV
    I know the typical spacing between levels in a nuclear system is 10^6 eV = 1 MeV
    I know the typical spacing between rotational states is 10^-4 eV = 0.0001 eV
    I know that vibrational states are graphed using a parabolic function.
    I know g. measures delta E_rot, delta E_elec and delta E_vib.
    Finally, I've been working with the model for the electronic states of a hydrogen atom a lot so I'm sure it's b. because it has 4 energy levels, the ground state is far below the rest, and its an inverse graph.

    What stumps me is an idealized quantized spring-mass oscillator. I don't know what that is, but I only have one remaining graph (e.) so why is my answer wrong?


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    Last edited: Oct 29, 2015
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  3. Oct 31, 2015 #2

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    It is hard to read the image.

    Do you have a full list of your assignments?
     
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