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## Homework Statement

The van der Waals potential between two inert atoms is often characterized by the expression:

http://bama.ua.edu/~stjones/253hw_files/image025.gif [Broken]

Sketch the function. Expand the potential around the minimum in the form U = U(ro) + ½ k(r-ro)2. Evaluate k in terms of s and e.

## Homework Equations

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## The Attempt at a Solution

I got the sketch down fine. I am just unclear about the second part. Nothing in my physics textbook helps. What i have done so far is take the original equation and substitute it in

U = U(ro) + ½ k(r-ro)2. Doing that i got:

U = 4e[(σ/ro)^12-(σ/ro)^6] + ½ k(r-ro)2

From there i solved for k and got:

k={U-[4e[(σ/ro)^12-(σ/ro)^6]]/(r-ro)^2}*2

Im not sure if im the right path but from here i dont know how to get k in terms of s and e. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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