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- Homework Statement
- In a diatomic molecule k (N/m) may be estimated from the dissociation energy and bond length by D.A. Let the bond length = 2*10^-10m and the dis. energy = 4.806*10^-19J.

Assuming the vibrational motion can be treated as purely simple harmonic, how many

vibrational levels would you expect to associated with this molecular electronic state if

the molecule were (a) hydrogen, and (b) oxygen ?

- Relevant Equations
- E=hw(n+1/2)

##K = \frac{N}{m} = \frac{3eV}{bondlength^2} = \frac{4.806*10^-19 J}{(2*10^-10)^2} = 12.015##

Then I know that ##H = \frac{1}{2}mωx^2 ## where ## k = mω^2 ## and also ##H=ħω(n+\frac{1}{2}) ##

Therefore, ## \frac{1}{2}kx^2 = ħω(n+\frac{1}{2})##

Solving for n, ## n = \frac{1/2kx^2}{ħω} - \frac{1}{2}##

for ω I used the fact the ##ω = \sqrt(\frac{k}{m}) ## where m was the reduced mass of H

So n should tell me the max vibrational levels. When plugging in all my parameters I get 18. I researched online and found this article, https://w.astro.berkeley.edu/~ay216/05/NOTES/Lecture18.pdf , which states

"c. The Electronic Levels - The ground state is X 1Σ+g because it has the quantum numbers: S = 0, I = 0, Λ = 0, & J = 0. It has a manifold of 30 vibrational levels, each with an infinite number of rotational states"

So I am thinking n must be 30 for my problem since the article states H

I have found when plugging ~19 for K i get n=30

Any help with this problem?I feel like my k is correct since it checks out with the dimensional analysis, so maybe I am wrong somewhere else?

Then I know that ##H = \frac{1}{2}mωx^2 ## where ## k = mω^2 ## and also ##H=ħω(n+\frac{1}{2}) ##

Therefore, ## \frac{1}{2}kx^2 = ħω(n+\frac{1}{2})##

Solving for n, ## n = \frac{1/2kx^2}{ħω} - \frac{1}{2}##

for ω I used the fact the ##ω = \sqrt(\frac{k}{m}) ## where m was the reduced mass of H

_{2}.So n should tell me the max vibrational levels. When plugging in all my parameters I get 18. I researched online and found this article, https://w.astro.berkeley.edu/~ay216/05/NOTES/Lecture18.pdf , which states

"c. The Electronic Levels - The ground state is X 1Σ+g because it has the quantum numbers: S = 0, I = 0, Λ = 0, & J = 0. It has a manifold of 30 vibrational levels, each with an infinite number of rotational states"

So I am thinking n must be 30 for my problem since the article states H

_{2}has 30 vibrational levels.I have found when plugging ~19 for K i get n=30

Any help with this problem?I feel like my k is correct since it checks out with the dimensional analysis, so maybe I am wrong somewhere else?