Dipole Moments

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Victoria Zheng--2F
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Dipole Moments

Postby Victoria Zheng--2F » Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:59 pm

Can someone please explain the concept of dipole moments? I don't quite understand it. Thank you.

Kelvin Chung 1C
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Re: Dipole Moments

Postby Kelvin Chung 1C » Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:25 pm

Dipole moments arise from differences in electronegativity, which represents a separation of charge. One part of the compound is slightly positive while the other is slightly negative. We represent this using an arrow pointing in the direction of the slightly negative portion.

We can also measure this difference in charge using a unit called debye.

Emma Popescu 1L
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Re: Dipole Moments

Postby Emma Popescu 1L » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:59 pm

Dipole moments occur because of a separation of charge (caused by a difference in electronegativity). The more electronegative element has the greater share of the electrons than less electronegative element causing it to have a net negative charge. The larger the difference in electronegativity, the larger the dipole moment.

Sally Qiu 2E
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Re: Dipole Moments

Postby Sally Qiu 2E » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:29 pm

dipole moments are the result of differences in electronegativity, and the atoms share electrons unequally. this creates a partial charge of +/-.


Anvi Brahmbhatt 4A
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Re: Dipole Moments

Postby Anvi Brahmbhatt 4A » Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:06 am

A difference in electronegativity results in an unequal sharing of electrons between atoms, resulting in a dipole moment.


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