## Determining Polarity

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### Determining Polarity

How do you determine if a molecule is polar? I know that you would look at the electronegativity, but is there a cut off between what counts as being electronegative enough to be considered polar?

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### Re: Determining Polarity

In order to determine if a molecule is polar, you have to look at the shape and the differences in electronegativity. There is no cutoff in electronegativity. If the dipole moments all cancel, the molecule is nonpolar. If the dipole moments do not cancel, the molecule is polar.

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### Re: Determining Polarity

There a few different cutoffs. Using the pauling scale of electronegativity (link below), generally we can say if the difference in electronegativity is about 0.5 or greater we can say it's a polar bond and the molecule may be polar. If it's greater than 1.5 - 2 or greater, it becomes ionic. However, it will vary from book to book. You do also have to consider shape as well, as dipoles may cancel depending on the shape.

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Leila_4G
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### Re: Determining Polarity

So, just to be sure, if it is a nonmetal + alkaline earth metal, it is polar molecule?

Nare Nazaryan 1F
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### Re: Determining Polarity

Yes, the difference in electronegativity should be about 0.5 to be considered polar. Shape also plays a role in terms of the possibility of dipole moments canceling.

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### Re: Determining Polarity

Leila_4E wrote:So, just to be sure, if it is a nonmetal + alkaline earth metal, it is polar molecule?

Yes, basically ionic bonds makes them polar

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