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Cause and Effect of Electrons in a Molecule

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:58 pm
by Tamera Scott 1G
So to clarify, more electrons causes a molecule to become more distorted and polarizable?

Re: Cause and Effect of Electrons in a Molecule

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:56 pm
by Austin Clack
Yes, a larger electron cloud is more susceptible to distortion because the attraction forces between protons and electrons are less powerful due to increased distance.

Re: Cause and Effect of Electrons in a Molecule

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:16 pm
by Daniel_Frees_1L
In addition to increased distance between the outer electrons and the nucleus, larger elements have more electron shielding which further reduces the pull of the nucleus on outer e-.