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Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:37 am
What is polarizability? Also, I am confused on the different parts of the equation and how they relate.
Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:30 pm
Polarizability is how much the electrons in an atom can be distorted. For example, atoms with more electrons tend to be more polarizable.
Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:35 pm
Polarizability corresponds with the interaction between electrons and the nucleus. The less electrons, the stronger the interaction between those electrons and the nucleus. These electrons would be held tightly and have low polarizability because the interaction between those electrons and the nucleus is too strong.
Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:41 pm
Polarizability can be thought of as the ability for a molecule's electrons to be distorted/affected by other charges. Atoms with more electrons typically have a higher polarizability since they are less attracted to the positive nucleus due to shielding of electrons.