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In one of the lectures, Dr. Lavelle said that "high distorted electrons" are described as being highly polarizable and ions which cause large distortions are described as having high polarizing power. What exactly does this mean?
Hey, highly distorted electron means the electron is loosely held by the atom or ion, therefore it can easily be distorted. Ions that cause large distortions are described as having high polarizing power, in this case, small highly charged ions. Hope it helps.
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