University Physics with Modern Physics (14th Edition)

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ISBN 13: 978-0-32197-361-0

Chapter 42 - Molecules and Condensed Matter - Problems - Discussion Questions - Page 1434: Q42.9


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Work Step by Step

As explained on page 1412, by modeling the bond as a spring, we can incorporate the fact that the atoms vibrate toward and away from each other. The spring model fails to explain why the vibrational energy levels aren’t equally spaced at all energies, and of course the spring model grossly oversimplifies the interactions between the atoms.
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