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So does the dipole moment point to the partial positive charge or the partial negative charge?

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:09 pm
by Henri_de_Guzman_3L
The book says either. My previous chem class we pointed to the partial negative charge. Does anyone know what Dr. Lavelle said regarding this?

Re: So does the dipole moment point to the partial positive charge or the partial negative charge?

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:11 pm
by Sona Hakobyan 3J
Also curious, posting to follow thread.

Re: So does the dipole moment point to the partial positive charge or the partial negative charge?

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:07 pm
by monikac4k
It depends on the model being used. The original model points towards the partial negative charge with a plus at the end by the partial negative. The modern model just points towards the partial positive charge. Howeverm I'm not entirely sure which convention is more proper for this course.