Sign of induced dipole--induced dipole attractive force?

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LedaKnowles2E
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Sign of induced dipole--induced dipole attractive force?

Postby LedaKnowles2E » Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:41 pm

In class Prof. Lavelle said that the interaction potential energy of induced dipole--induced dipole attraction was always negative, meaning that it was always attractive. Could someone explain why it being always negative means that it's attractive?

Camille Marangi 2E
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Re: Sign of induced dipole--induced dipole attractive force?

Postby Camille Marangi 2E » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:27 pm

It's negative in that it has high electronegativity and thus a high propensity for electrons. The higher the electronegativity of an atom the more electrons are attracted to it.


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