Poloarizability

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An Dang 3F
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Poloarizability

Postby An Dang 3F » Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:41 pm

What exactly is an electron cloud? In an ionic compound like NaCl, will the distorted electron cloud always belong to the anion?

Sean Monji 2B
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Re: Poloarizability

Postby Sean Monji 2B » Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:55 pm

An electron cloud is the regions in which the different electrons in an atom occupy (usually seen as all the orbitals together to make a "cloud" of electrons around the nucleus). I think so; the more distorted cloud will always be the anion since it has a net negative charge while the cation has a net positive charge, thus the electrons around the anion will be be pulled more towards the cation.

Brigita1D
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Re: Poloarizability

Postby Brigita1D » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:11 am

To add to the above comments, large anions tend to have highly distorted electron clouds (highly polarizable) and small cations tend to cause large distortions of anion electron clouds (highly polarizing)


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