Golden Ratio in Science

(Nick Seewald

1. Hydrogen Bond Distances

It has been found recently (in 2005, actually), that the golden ratio plays a significant role in atomic physics in that it governs what is known as the Bohr radius (the radius of atoms and ions that enables quantitative discussion of bond lengths between atoms and partial ionic character (D. Yu et al.). Here we will discuss it in a phenomenon known as hydrogen bonding, in which the partially positive hydrogen atom is attracted to an electronegative atom (one that strongly pulls electrons toward it).

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