Problem: The potential energy of a pair of hydrogen atoms separated by a large distance exttip{x}{x} is given by U( x ) = - C6 /x6, where C6 is a positive constant.What is the force that one atom exerts on the other?Is this force attractive or repulsive?

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The potential energy of a pair of hydrogen atoms separated by a large distance is given by U( x ) = - C6 /x6, where C6 is a positive constant.

What is the force that one atom exerts on the other?

Is this force attractive or repulsive?

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