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Units for EN

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:13 am
by Parth Mungra
If EN is a measurement of electron’s strength, then why are there no units for EN?

Re: Units for EN

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:33 am
by Nicholas Kull_3L
There are no units for EN because it is more a chemical property that describes the tendency to attract electrons. A scale is used with trends on the periodic table because this is the easiest way to describe EN relationships.

Re: Units for EN

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:01 pm
by 305154707
There are not really any units for electronegativity because it is more of a periodic trend. However, a related charge difference can be measured by an electric dipole moment. This is notated by the greek letter "mu" and its units are called a debye (D, SI units: Columbs.m). However, I think Dr. Lavelle mentioned that we wouldn't be doing these calculations yet.

Re: Units for EN

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:03 pm
by LaurenJuul_1B
electronegativity is more of a concept than anything. It simply helps us understand the pull between atoms due to periodic trends and so it doesn't really require a unit