canceling dipoles

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Josephine Chan 1B
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canceling dipoles

Postby Josephine Chan 1B » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:45 am

in which situations exactly do dipole cancel each other out?

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Re: canceling dipoles

Postby jguiman4H » Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:50 am

Dipoles would cancel each other out when the polar bonds in a molecule are equal and opposite. Molecules that have symmetry thus often have dipole cancellation.

This can be seen in CO2 as it is a linear shape. In the CO2 molecule, the partial negative oxygens will have a dipole moment outward, effectively cancelling each other out.


Gillian Ward 1F
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Re: canceling dipoles

Postby Gillian Ward 1F » Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:41 pm

I like to think about a molecules shape to determine if there is symmetry or not in the polar bonds. If so, the dipoles cancel out meaning there is no net dipole.

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