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Problem 108 Easy Difficulty

When two hydrogen atoms of mass $m$ combine to form a diatomic hydrogen molecule $\left(H_{2}\right),$ the potential energy of the system after they combine is $-\Delta,$ where $\Delta$ is a positive quantity called the binding energy of the molecule. (a) Show that in a collision that involves only two hydrogen atoms, it is impossible to form an $\mathrm{H}_{2}$ molecule because momentum and energy cannot simultaneously be conserved. (Hint: If you can show this to be true in one frame of reference, then it is true in all frames of reference. Can you see why?) (b) An $\mathrm{H}_{2}$ molecule can be formed in a collision that involves three hydrogen atoms. Suppose that before such a collision, each of the three atoms has speed $1.00 \times 10^{3} \mathrm{m} / \mathrm{s}$ , and they are approaching at $120^{\circ}$ angles so that at any instant, the atoms lie at the comers of an equilateral triangle. Find the speeds of the $\mathrm{H}_{2}$ molecule and of the single hydrogen atom that remains after the collision. The binding energy of $\mathrm{H}_{2}$ is $\Delta=7.23 \times 10^{-19} \mathrm{J},$ and the mass of the bindrogen
atom is $1.67 \times 10^{-27} \mathrm{kg}$ .


$2.40 \times 10^{4} \mathrm{m} / \mathrm{s}$


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