Induced Dipole

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Induced Dipole

Postby AlexandraZuniga1L » Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:12 pm

What does fluctuating electron distribution result in?

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Re: Induced Dipole

Postby Reva Kakaria 1J » Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:09 pm

It results in momentary areas of relatively high or low electron density, causing nearby atoms to be attracted to the positive area, which is how Van Der Waals forces are created.

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Re: Induced Dipole

Postby EllerySchlingmann1E » Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:29 pm

Fluctuating electron density definitely results in temporary dipoles (van der Waals forces), but you also might want to think of the fact that these densities are constantly shifting and setting off chain reactions of fluctuating electron densities within the atoms or molecules around it. The constant shifting of the electron densities is what makes them fairly weak compared to other intermolecular forces.

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