Electron Distortion

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Christine Chen 1H
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Electron Distortion

Postby Christine Chen 1H » Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:59 pm

I understand that electrons in an atom or molecule cause electron distortion in nearby atoms or molecules, but what exactly does electron distortion entail? Is there a measurable variable for it?

kateminden
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Re: Electron Distortion

Postby kateminden » Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:03 pm

Hi! Electron distortion is when the electrons of the anion are attracted to the cation, which causes the shape of the electron density to change slightly. The distortion of the electron density shape leads to an ionic bond having covalent bond characteristics because the electrons are not completely separate from the cation anymore, they are now slightly closer to the cation. The cation is the polarizing ion and the anion is the polarizable ion. The electron density of the anion is the one that's being distorted or polarized.

Mukil_Pari_2I
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Re: Electron Distortion

Postby Mukil_Pari_2I » Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:44 pm

In addition to the aforementioned response, this post from 2016 may help: viewtopic.php?t=16153


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