Effective Potential Diagrams

  • Central Forces 2023

    See also the following more detailed problem and solution: Effective Potentials: Graphical Version

    An electron is moving on a two dimension surface with a radially symmetric electrostatic potential given by the graph below:

    1. Sketch the effective potential if the angular momentum is not zero.
    2. Describe qualitatively, the shapes of all possible types of orbits, indicating the energy for each in your diagram.