Polarizability vs Electronegativity

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Talia Leano 2H
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Polarizability vs Electronegativity

Postby Talia Leano 2H » Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:23 pm

If something is highly polarizable does that mean it has a very low electronegativity?

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Re: Polarizability vs Electronegativity

Postby emilyyribarren1k » Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:42 pm

Yes, polarizability and electronegativity are inversely related.

Isaac Wen
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Re: Polarizability vs Electronegativity

Postby Isaac Wen » Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:56 am

Yeah! Polarizability refers to the ability of an electron cloud to be distorted by an electric field. Elements with low electronegativity tend to "lose" their electrons, so it makes sense that they are more polarizable. Conversely, elements with high electronegativity tend to "hog" the electrons––they have more polarizing power (ability to distort another atom's electron cloud).

Lilly Catarozoli 1B
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Re: Polarizability vs Electronegativity

Postby Lilly Catarozoli 1B » Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:30 am

Yes, because polarizability is the ability of the electrons to be distorted and electronegativity is about gaining and losing electrons!


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