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polarizability/polarizing power test 3

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:08 pm
by Layla Manoochehri
"order these anions in order from least to most polarizable: At^-, Cl^-, O^2-, N^3-"

"order these cations in order from least to most polarizing power: Be^2+, Sr^2+, Rb^+, Na^2+"

I got these wrong on the test (question 6), can anyone tell me what the right order was for them? thanks!

Re: polarizability/polarizing power test 3

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:15 pm
by klarratt2
O2- < N3- < Cl- < At-
Polarizability is a measure of how easily an atom's electron cloud can be distorted. Larger/less electronegative atoms will more polarizable.

Rb+ < Sr2+ < Na2+ < Be2+
Polarizing power is a measure of how easy it is to distort another atom's electron cloud. Smaller, more highly charged atoms will have a greater polarizing power.

Re: polarizability/polarizing power test 3

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:18 pm
by MinaChoi_3H
Polarizable: O^2-, N^3-, Cl-, At-
Polarizing power: Rb+, Sr^2+, Na+, Be^2+

Re: polarizability/polarizing power test 3

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:19 am
by paytonm1H
polarizability increases down a group and decreases across a period, because more electronegative atoms are harder to remove an electron from

polarizing power decreases down a group and increases across a period, because smaller, more highly charged cations have greater power