Dipole moment units

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Dipole moment units

Postby claudia_1h » Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:19 pm

The units of the dipole moment (C x m) have me somewhat confused. What does the calculation for a dipole moment (charge x distance) actually tell you? Is it the strength of the interaction?

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Re: Dipole moment units

Postby DarrenKim_1H » Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:22 pm

Like you said, the SI unit is Coulombs times Meter and it denotes the magnitude of charge times the distance between them

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Re: Dipole moment units

Postby Kimberly Koo 2I » Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:30 pm

The calculation for the dipole moment actually tells you the measurement for the separation of two opposite charges of molecules.

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Re: Dipole moment units

Postby 405398682 » Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:05 pm

Dipole moment calculates the polarity of the chemical bond (how different the polarity between the two atoms are)

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Re: Dipole moment units

Postby KnarGeghamyan1B » Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:12 pm

Usually they are written in Debye which are 1 x 10^-18 C*m. It is just more applicable for working with small numbers.

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