Title

The Crucial Role of Kinetic Energy in Interpreting Ionization Energies

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1998

Abstract

The experimental ratio of the ionization energies of H and He is 1.81. We show that it is not correct to interpret this ratio using a classical Coulombic potential energy model. Rather a quantum mechanical model is required in which both kinetic and potential energy play a role.

Comments

DOI: 10.1021/ed075p537