Chemistry: Molecular Approach (4th Edition)

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Chapter 8 - Section 8.3 - Electron Configurations: How Electrons Occupy Orbitals - Conceptual Connection - Page 342: 8.1


The potential energy of two oppositely charged particles becomes more negative as they get closer together.

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According to Coulomb's law, the potential energy is directly proportional to the product of charges and inversely proportional to the distance. For two oppositely charged particles, the potential energy is negative. As they move closer together, the potential energy becomes more negative.
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