polarizing power vs. polarizability

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polarizing power vs. polarizability

Postby Ami_Pant_4G » Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:11 pm

What is the difference between polarizing power and polarizability? thanks in advance!

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Re: polarizing power vs. polarizability

Postby Charisse Vu 1H » Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:13 pm

Polarizing power is the ability of an atom/ion to cause large distortions in the electron cloud of another, whereas polarizability refers to atoms or ions that readily undergo large distortions, such as iodide. Iodide is highly polarizable because it has a low effective nuclear charge and its outermost electrons are freer. Small, highly charged cations are good examples of ions with high polarizing power.

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