Distorted e- as highly polarizable

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Trent Yamamoto 2J
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Distorted e- as highly polarizable

Postby Trent Yamamoto 2J » Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:02 pm

Why are highly distorted electrons described as being highly polarizable? Which characteristics result in the ionic bond being more covalent in character?

RoshniVarmaDis1K
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Re: Distorted e- as highly polarizable

Postby RoshniVarmaDis1K » Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:29 pm

Highly distorted electrons are highly polarizable because they can be pulled away from their central atoms towards the bonding region.

Ionic bonds display covalent characteristics when electrostatic attraction pulls electrons from the anion towards the cation. The electrons being pulled towards the bonding region is a "covalent characteristic."

Victor James 4I
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Re: Distorted e- as highly polarizable

Postby Victor James 4I » Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:45 pm

^^ the pulling of the electrons is sort of similar to the sharing of electrons in a covalent bond, which is why they call it covalent characteristic

Junwei Sun 4I
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Re: Distorted e- as highly polarizable

Postby Junwei Sun 4I » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:28 pm

Highly distorted electrons are described as highly polarizable because they are more likely to cause dipoles. As electrons are pulled toward one side of the ions they are really likely to create dipole since the charge now is uneven. The more the number of distorted electrons being pulled into the bonding region between two ions, the more the ionic bond has covalent character.

Drake Choi_1I
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Re: Distorted e- as highly polarizable

Postby Drake Choi_1I » Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:20 pm

What causes electrons to be distorted?

Siya Shah 1J
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Re: Distorted e- as highly polarizable

Postby Siya Shah 1J » Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:23 pm

Electrons can be distorted when there is a nearby atom that has a higher polarizing power that pulls on the electron cloud, introducing distortion.


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