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Polarizability

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:36 pm
by Andrea_1H
Why is it that larger atoms have higher polarizability?

Re: Polarizability

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:39 pm
by Lilyana Villa 1J
Larger atoms have high polarizability because they tend to have more loosely held electrons while smaller atoms tend to hold electrons more closely. This makes it easier for their electrons to become distorted by a cation.

Re: Polarizability

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:47 pm
by Haley Pham 4I
Larger atoms have more electrons and thus more shielding occurs. Thus, because electrons are at a greater distance from the nuclear charge and there is less attraction from the nucleus, the electrons are held more loosely, so the electron cloud is more susceptible to being distorted, making it more polarizable.

Re: Polarizability

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:06 pm
by Jessica Chen 2C
Larger atoms have higher polarizability not only because their electrons are more loosely held, but also because the larger area makes it more feasible for many electrons to gather at one end of the atom, creating a more noticeable polarity than smaller atoms.

Re: Polarizability

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:08 pm
by 005321227
Larger atoms means more electrons meaning more shielding can occur