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Potential Energy of Atoms in Bond Length

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Study the potential image diagram below:

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Which of the following accounts for why the potential energy of the two atoms approaches zero on the right?

A

The two atoms are too close together and are being repelled by their respective electrons.

B

The electrons of one atom are becoming attracted to the nucleus of the other atom.

C

The electrons of one atom are attracting the electrons of the other atom.

D

The atoms are too far apart and experience no attractive or repulsive forces relative to each other.