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Would modeling collisions using Coulomb forces be useful?

  1. Jan 16, 2014 #1
    Hi, I am trying to decide on a topic for my senior project, and my professor and I fleetingly discussed my idea of writing a program that models collisions of macroscopic objects using the mutual repulsive forces of their valence electrons rather than standard conservation laws. My question is, is this a worthwhile pursuit? Would trying to analyze collisions in this way make it more complicated, or might this be more useful than using conservation laws in some scenarios?
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  3. Jan 16, 2014 #2

    Vanadium 50

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    What do you think you will learn from this?

    How do you plan on modeling 10^23 electrons?
  4. Jan 16, 2014 #3
    I was intending to use a continuous distribution of charge over a weirdly shaped surface, rather than just individual charges.
  5. Jan 16, 2014 #4

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    You are thinking of modelling the valence electrons as some sort of restricted-motion fluid over the surface of the object with a fixed distribution of positive charge under it?

    It would depend on the application ... there is no way to tell in advance if it will be useful.
    I have a feeling it is the sort of thing people try every now and again.
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