Conventions for representing dipoles  [ENDORSED]

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Conventions for representing dipoles

Postby Abigail Urbina 1K » Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:55 pm

In the textbook, it says that the modern convention for representing a dipole (which is used throughout the book) is having an arrow point toward the positive partial charge. In the original convention, a dipole is represented with an arrow pointing toward the negative partial charge. In lecture, we have been drawing arrows using the original convention. Is there a particular method that is considered "right" or "wrong" in the context of this particular course? Which convention should we practice using?

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Re: Conventions for representing dipoles  [ENDORSED]

Postby Chem_Mod » Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:04 pm

In class I talked about the chemist convention of drawing the arrow (dipole moment) in the same direction the electrons are pulled. I am doing this because this is what you will see in other chemistry classes.

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