Highly Polarizable

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deeksha1I
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Highly Polarizable

Postby deeksha1I » Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:43 pm

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?
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Ya Gao
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Re: Highly Polarizable

Postby Ya Gao » Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:30 pm

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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Re: Highly Polarizable

Postby Phillip Winters 2F » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:31 pm

Yes, small cations have high polarizing power while large anions have large polarizability.

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Re: Highly Polarizable

Postby Jessica_Singh_1J » Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:08 pm

Larger anions have a higher polarizability due to their larger size, which allows for electrons to be held more loosely. This in turn allows for them to be more easily distorted by smaller cations.

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Re: Highly Polarizable

Postby Ilan Shavolian 1K » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:55 am

also remember that cations are typically smaller, and anions are typically larger.


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