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Electrostatics at the Molecular Level
European Journal of Physics
  • Ulrich Zurcher, Cleveland State University
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Article
Publication Date
1-1-2017
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Abstract

In molecular systems, positive and negative charges are separated, making them ideal systems to examine electrostatic interactions. The attractive force between positive and negative charges is balanced by repulsive ‘forces’ that are quantum-mechanical in origin. We introduce an ‘effective’ potential energy that captures the repulsion; it allows us to obtain fairly accurate estimates of the bonding properties of molecular systems. We use units (e.g., kcal mol–1 for energy) that emphasize the relevance of electrostatics to macroscopic behavior.

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10.1088/0143-0807/38/1/015206
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Ulrich Zurcher. "Electrostatics at the Molecular Level" European Journal of Physics Vol. 38 Iss. 1 (2017) p. 1 - 12
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ulrich_zurcher/17/