The Chemical Educator
ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)
Abstract Volume 9
Issue 6 (2004) pp 353-355
Kinetic Energy is Important in the Nanoscale World
Department of Chemistry, College of St. Benedict & St.
Johnís University, St. Joseph, MN 56374, firstname.lastname@example.org
Published online: 28 October 2004
Abstract. Many explanations of atomic and molecular phenomena found in textbooks are expressed in terms of potential-energy-only models. Inclusion of kinetic energy in the analysis is generally considered to be unnecessary or irrelevant. This view is of questionable validity, and it is becoming increasing clear that ignoring kinetic energy at the nanoscopic level can lead to facile but incorrect explanations of atomic and molecular behavior.
Key Words: In the Classroom; physical chemistry; quantum mechanics
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Issue date: December