Polarizability vs Polaring Power

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Polarizability vs Polaring Power

Postby Samantha Burmester 3H » Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:44 pm

What is the difference between the two? Is it just that one is for anions and one is for cations?

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Re: Polarizability vs Polaring Power

Postby Meghanhe1l » Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:47 pm

Polarizing power is the ability to polarize another atom. So cations have high polarizing power because they have higher electrostatic pulls to neighbouring from their positive charge, and anions are highly polarizable since they have an abundance of electrons.

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Re: Polarizability vs Polaring Power

Postby Danielle_Gallandt3I » Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:58 pm

A good way to remember this is that these two characteristics will come with a pair of atoms, one being an anion and one being a cation. When you think of polarizing power think of how having this power creates action, so a cation is creating action by moving this electrons away from their original atom. If the cation has the polarizing power, then the anion has a polarizability, because it can be affected by the "power" of the cation.

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