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This is Coulomb’s Law. We will very rarely do any calculations with this equation. Instead, we will apply it to understand when V is expected to be a large number or a small number, positive or negative. When V is a large negative number, the potential energy is very low and the two charges are strongly attracted to one another. To see this, think about what must happen to pull two charges apart which have a very negative potential energy. If we want r to become very large, then in Coulomb’s Law, we want V to get close to zero. If V is a large negative number, then we have to add a lot of energy to bring V up to zero. Therefore, a large negative value of V means that the two particles are strongly attracted to each other since it requires a lot of work to pull them apart.

In the equation above, V will be a large negative number when several things are true: the charges must have opposite signs, so that multiplying them together gives a negative number. All this means is that opposite charges attract. The larger the charges, the stronger the attraction. In addition, r must not be large and preferably will be fairly small. These simple conclusions must be kept in mind. Two particles with large opposite charges close to one another must be strongly attracted to one another. The smaller the charges or the larger the distance, the weaker the attraction.

In many ways, it is fair to say that Coulomb’s Law forms the foundation of everything we know about the chemistry of atoms and molecules. Therefore, it is very important to understand the conclusions of the previous paragraph. Without them, we can make no further progress in our understanding of atoms.

Observation 1: periodic properties of the elements

We now have much more information about the differences between the atoms of different elements. We know how many electrons and protons each atom contains, and we know where these charged particles are in the atom, with the protons in a very small nucleus and the electrons occupying the vast empty space around the nucleus. It seems that we should be able to account for the chemical properties of these atoms by using this information. However, we rapidly run into a surprising result.

Remember that the atomic number tells us how many protons and electrons an atom contains. We observe that atoms with very similar atomic numbers often have very different chemical properties. For example, carbon’s atomic number is 6 and nitrogen’s is 7, so they have very similar numbers of protons and electrons. But as we have seen, elemental carbon is a solid and elemental nitrogen is a gas. Oxygen’s atomic number is 8, just one greater than nitrogen, but oxygen reacts with most other elements, sometimes violently, whereas nitrogen is so unreactive that it is often used to provide an “inert” atmosphere to store chemicals.

Also surprisingly, elements with very different atomic numbers can have quite similar chemical properties. The elements fluorine and chlorine are both gases and both exist as diatomic molecules in nature, F 2 and Cl 2 . Both are highly reactive and will combine with hydrogen to form acids, HCl and HF. They both combine with metals like sodium and magnesium to form solid salts with similar molecular formulas, like NaF and NaCl. But their atomic numbers are quite different: F’s atomic number is 9, and Cl’s is 17.

Questions & Answers

anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
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what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
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absolutely yes
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Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
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Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
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I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
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