hw problem 2D.11

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hw problem 2D.11

Postby aphung1E » Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:40 pm

Can someone explain how to solve this?

Arrange the anions Cl 2 , Br 2 , N 32 , and O 22 in order of
increasing polarizability and give reasons for your decisions.

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Re: hw problem 2D.11

Postby Victoria Li 1L » Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:45 pm

The larger the anion (in terms of atomic size), the more loosely the electrons are held by the nucleus. This allows the electrons to be more easily distorted by a cation. A greater tendency to be distorted = polarizability. In short, polarizability increases with atomic size. Hopefully this gives you enough info to solve it!

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Re: hw problem 2D.11

Postby AKatukota » Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:12 pm

Thanks this helped me as well!

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