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Dipole Moments

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:24 pm
by Tamera Scott 1G
Do dipole moments have to do with whether or not something is polar only?

Re: Dipole Moments

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:26 pm
by dgerges 4H
They tell us about the charge separation in a molecule, the larger the difference in electronegativities of bonded atoms, the larger the dipole moment.

Re: Dipole Moments

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:39 pm
by Kate_Santoso_4F
If dipole moments are equal and opposite of each other, they will cancel each other, which gives rise to a nonpolar molecule. Some completely non polar molecules can have polar individual bonds. If the dipole moments in a particular molecule do not cancel out, then you will have a polar molecule.

Re: Dipole Moments

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:32 pm
by EllaBerry
Yes, they relate to whether a molecule is polar. If the dipole moments are equal or point opposite directions, the molecule will be non polar. If they point towards similar directions (aren't opposite and canceling) then the molecule is polar.

Re: Dipole Moments

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:40 pm
by Danielle_Gallandt3I
They also relate to bonding and the strength of bonding. If something has permanent dipole moments (like H20) that will result in stronger dipole-dipole bonds, compared to molecules with temporary dipole moments (aka van der waals forces) that are weaker bonds because they do not last as long.