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Postby Jennifer1E » Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:40 pm

What does it mean for an atom to be highly polarizable?

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Re: Polarizable

Postby Chem_Mod » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:00 pm

It means the atom's electrons are less tightly held and more easier distorted by a near by charge.
For example I- has 54 e- and its outer electrons are less tightly held than those of Cl- which has 18e-.

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Re: Polarizable

Postby 604744616 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:43 pm

When it is polarizable it means that there are an equal amount of negative and positive charges of electrons within an object.Because there is a separation in the charge that means that there is not an imbalance in the charges.

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