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Homework Help: What is the acceleration of a particle orbiting around a nucleus?

  1. Dec 8, 2003 #1
    What is the acceleration of a particle orbiting around a nucleus?

    v/(4(pi)) = a ?

    I cannot find this info... Will you help me?

    r = r0
     
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  3. Dec 8, 2003 #2
    If it is a uniform motion it will have radial acceleration of

    [tex] a_r= \frac{v^2}{r} [/tex]
     
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  5. Dec 8, 2003 #4

    Njorl

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    If you really mean a partical orbitting, then it is a=v^2/r.

    If you're talking about electron orbitals, not orbits, the electrons are not accelerating. The elecrons do not whip around in a circle around a nucleus. The orbital is the space defined by the probability density function of the electron.

    Njorl
     
  6. Dec 8, 2003 #5
    I agree with Njorl
    The Que said particle, i.e with definite coordinated and since the forum is in K-12, i didn't delved into probability theory
     
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