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Highly Polarizable

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:43 pm
by deeksha1I
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?
Thank you!

Re: Highly Polarizable

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:30 pm
by Ya Gao
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.

Re: Highly Polarizable

Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:31 pm
by Phillip Winters 2F
Yes, small cations have high polarizing power while large anions have large polarizability.

Re: Highly Polarizable

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:08 pm
by Jessica_Singh_1J
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.

Re: Highly Polarizable

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:55 am
by Ilan Shavolian 1K
also remember that cations are typically smaller, and anions are typically larger.