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Distorted Electrons

Posted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:43 pm
by ngarcia
Highly distorted electrons are described as being highly polarizable. But, how do you determine if an electron is a highly distorted electron?

Re: Distorted Electrons

Posted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:17 pm
by AGulati_4A
An electron is not in itself distorted. If the effective nuclear charge of the atom that the electron is part of is relatively low and the ionization energy of the atom that pulls the electron towards is relatively high -- then the electron is highly polarizable and thus distorted

Re: Distorted Electrons

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:37 pm
by 805307623
Neutral nonpolar atoms have electron clouds with spherically symmetrical electron arrangements. These electron clouds can be distorted if in the presence of an electric field, and I believe this distortion is defined as the polarizability of the atom or molecule. This distortion allows originally nonpolar molecules or atoms to achieve a dipole moment.

Re: Distorted Electrons

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:02 pm
by Kennedi2J
Does this apply to both ionic and covalent bonds?

Re: Distorted Electrons

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:24 pm
by 205154661_Dis2J
What exactly are the characteristics of distorted electrons?