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46. In ionic solids such as NaCI (salt), the potential energy of a pair of ions takes the form U = brn  arI, where r is the separation of the ions. For NaCI, a and b have the 81![values 4.04x 1028 and 5.52x 1098, respectively, and n = 8.22. Find the equilibrium sepa~ation between ions in NaC!' Solution
(a) The natural, or unstretched, length of the spring is the value of x for which the spring force is zero. Thus, Fx dUfdx 2ax + b 0, when x bj2a = (3.12 N)j2(5.2 Njm) 30 em. (b) Hoo~'s Law defines the spring constant in terms of the stretch (in this case x  b/2a). Since Fi/; 2a(x  bj2a), the spring constant is k = 2a = 10.4 Njm. (Alternatively, k= dFxjdx = d2Ujdx2.) = = Solution
At the equilibrium separation, the potential energy is . . 0 (1.+1) + ar 2 a mimmum, or (dUjd r )eq n breq' eq. Then req == (nbja)l/(nl) = (8.22x5.52xlO98+ 4.04xlO28)1/7.22 (81 units) =2.82xlO,10 m = 2.82 A. (The angstrom is a common non81 unit of length, uSed in chemistry and atomic p...
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