## Dipole moment units

claudia_1h
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### Dipole moment units

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?

DarrenKim_1H
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### Re: Dipole moment units

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

Kimberly Koo 2I
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### Re: Dipole moment units

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

405398682
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### Re: Dipole moment units

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

KnarGeghamyan1B
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### Re: Dipole moment units

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