Polarizability and Polar

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Chloe Alviz 1E
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Polarizability and Polar

Postby Chloe Alviz 1E » Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:34 pm

Does polarizability have any connection to a molecule being polar?

Ally Huang- 1F
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Re: Polarizability and Polar

Postby Ally Huang- 1F » Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:15 pm

I don't think polarizability has any connection to polarity. Polarizability is based on the size of the atom and how easily an electron cloud can distort. Everything has a polarizability even if it is non polar.

Victor James 4I
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Re: Polarizability and Polar

Postby Victor James 4I » Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:19 pm

polarity has to do with electronegativity differences, polarizability has to do with the ability to distort an ion's electron cloud

Chetas Holagunda 3H
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Re: Polarizability and Polar

Postby Chetas Holagunda 3H » Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:59 pm

Polarizability means how easily that element's electron field gets distorted by a cation while being polar means having a charge.

Yuri Lin 4H
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Re: Polarizability and Polar

Postby Yuri Lin 4H » Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:50 am

Just to add onto what everyone has stated, polarizability is related to the size of an atom (more specifically, how many electrons the atom has). The greater the number of electrons, the more easily the electron cloud can get distorted (higher polarizability).

Polarity doesn't relate to polarizability despite the two words sounding similar.

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