Difference between O2- and N3-

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ariellasarkissian_3H
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Difference between O2- and N3-

Postby ariellasarkissian_3H » Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:14 pm

In the solutions manual of the textbook, it says that N3- is more polarizable than O2-. I know that polarizability increases as the atom gets bigger and has less charge. N3- is bigger than O2-, but it also has more charge. Does this mean that when the pattern is not consistent, it is more important to take into account the size rather than the charge?

Kenan Kherallah 2C
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Re: Difference between O2- and N3-

Postby Kenan Kherallah 2C » Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:42 pm

So N3- is more polarizable than O2- because N3- is actually larger than O2- as well as less electronegative. My TA said that the trends for polarizability is actually the larger the atom is and the less electronegative, the more polarizable it is. So I dont think the charge here matters, its just telling you or indicating that the ionic radius of N3- is bigger than O2-.

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Re: Difference between O2- and N3-

Postby Melody Zhang 3L » Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:45 pm

Polarizability does depend on both the charge and the atomic radius, and it increases as atomic radius increases and charge decreases. In this case, I believe N3- is more polarizable because there was a greater difference between atomic radii.

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Re: Difference between O2- and N3-

Postby Melody Zhang 3L » Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:49 pm

Actually, I just searched it up and it says that 02 is more polarizable than n3 because 02 is larger than n3


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