Why is CBr2Cl2 polar?

Moderators: Chem_Mod, Chem_Admin

Angeline 3E
Posts: 50
Joined: Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:20 am

Why is CBr2Cl2 polar?

Postby Angeline 3E » Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:34 pm

Isnt CBr2Cl2 a tetrahedral and wouldnt the dipoles cancel out because if the Cl's are placed diagonally against each other the dipoles would cancel out same with the Br's? If they were placed diagonally, wouldnt the dipoles cancel out?

In:
https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=ht ... mrc&uact=8

sorrY i dont know how to put an image

JOtomo1F
Posts: 66
Joined: Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:16 am

Re: Why is CBr2Cl2 polar?

Postby JOtomo1F » Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:25 am

While the Lewis dot structure may look like its dipoles cancel out when you draw the two bromine atoms and two chlorine atoms diagonally, the shape tetrahedral is polar since it is asymmetrical. https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fchem.libretexts.org%2F%40api%2Fdeki%2Ffiles%2F1314%2F204methane.gif%3Frevision%3D1%26size%3Dbestfit%26width%3D378%26height%3D261&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fchem.libretexts.org%2FBookshelves%2FInorganic_Chemistry%2FSupplemental_Modules_(Inorganic_Chemistry)%2FMolecular_Geometry%2FTetrahedral_Molecular_Geometry&docid=OUMd1jfcWiNIaM&tbnid=kPwQr5oQ5cr-iM%3A&vet=10ahUKEwiU173srvjlAhX0JTQIHbK3Bf8QMwh3KAAwAA..i&w=550&h=381&safe=strict&bih=569&biw=1280&q=tetrahedral&ved=0ahUKEwiU173srvjlAhX0JTQIHbK3Bf8QMwh3KAAwAA&iact=mrc&uact=8 I'm not sure how to put pictures but hopefully that worked lol. In that image, you can see the molecules are not directly across from each other in the tetrahedral shape and therefore, their dipoles would not cancel out.

Alfred Barrion 2H
Posts: 58
Joined: Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:16 am

Re: Why is CBr2Cl2 polar?

Postby Alfred Barrion 2H » Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:28 am

isn't CBrCl2 tetrahedral so its polar??

Angeline 3E
Posts: 50
Joined: Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:20 am

Re: Why is CBr2Cl2 polar?

Postby Angeline 3E » Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:30 am

JOtomo1F wrote:While the Lewis dot structure may look like its dipoles cancel out when you draw the two bromine atoms and two chlorine atoms diagonally, the shape tetrahedral is polar since it is asymmetrical. https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fchem.libretexts.org%2F%40api%2Fdeki%2Ffiles%2F1314%2F204methane.gif%3Frevision%3D1%26size%3Dbestfit%26width%3D378%26height%3D261&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fchem.libretexts.org%2FBookshelves%2FInorganic_Chemistry%2FSupplemental_Modules_(Inorganic_Chemistry)%2FMolecular_Geometry%2FTetrahedral_Molecular_Geometry&docid=OUMd1jfcWiNIaM&tbnid=kPwQr5oQ5cr-iM%3A&vet=10ahUKEwiU173srvjlAhX0JTQIHbK3Bf8QMwh3KAAwAA..i&w=550&h=381&safe=strict&bih=569&biw=1280&q=tetrahedral&ved=0ahUKEwiU173srvjlAhX0JTQIHbK3Bf8QMwh3KAAwAA&iact=mrc&uact=8 I'm not sure how to put pictures but hopefully that worked lol. In that image, you can see the molecules are not directly across from each other in the tetrahedral shape and therefore, their dipoles would not cancel out.

Thank you !! I literally realized this was a tetrahedral right when you posted this

Ashley Osorio
Posts: 54
Joined: Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:17 am

Re: Why is CBr2Cl2 polar?

Postby Ashley Osorio » Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:45 am

Can someone further explain this? I still don't understand how this is polar. No matter where the two Cl remain within the tetrahedral shape, the dipoles won't face the same way, so how can it be polar? Or is any molecule polar as long as their dipoles don't cancel????

JOtomo1F
Posts: 66
Joined: Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:16 am

Re: Why is CBr2Cl2 polar?

Postby JOtomo1F » Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:39 pm

Ashley Osorio wrote:Can someone further explain this? I still don't understand how this is polar. No matter where the two Cl remain within the tetrahedral shape, the dipoles won't face the same way, so how can it be polar? Or is any molecule polar as long as their dipoles don't cancel????


Yeah, if there are dipoles that don't cancel out completely then the molecule is polar.

sarahsalama2E
Posts: 143
Joined: Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:16 am

Re: Why is CBr2Cl2 polar?

Postby sarahsalama2E » Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:57 pm

if all the atoms attached to the central are not the same, then the molecule is polar. As you can see in the tetrahedral diagram, the differing attaching atoms creates dipole moments, resulting in the atom being polar as a whole.

Melvin Reputana 1L
Posts: 55
Joined: Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:16 am

Re: Why is CBr2Cl2 polar?

Postby Melvin Reputana 1L » Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:32 pm

I would also like to add on that a good rule to follow is that in a tetrahedral, when all the terminal atoms are not the same, then the molecule is most likely polar. Even though, CBr2Cl2 looks like it is nonpolar, you also need to consider that terminal atoms are not exactly opposite from each other, so the pull that the atoms have will not be in the same direction due to the shape of the tetrahedral.


Return to “Interionic and Intermolecular Forces (Ion-Ion, Ion-Dipole, Dipole-Dipole, Dipole-Induced Dipole, Dispersion/Induced Dipole-Induced Dipole/London Forces, Hydrogen Bonding)”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest