Dipole moments

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Dipole moments

Postby SarahSteffen_LEC4 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:43 pm

Do nonpolar molecules ever experience dipole moments or is it just for polar molecules?

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Re: Dipole moments

Postby WUng_1D » Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:46 pm

If a molecule is completely symmetric, then the dipole moment vectors on each molecule will cancel each other out, making the molecule nonpolar

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Re: Dipole moments

Postby Alexa Mugol 3I » Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:41 pm

Dispersion forces are pretty much instantaneous dipole moments that occur in all atoms and molecules, nonpolar and polar. So nonpolar molecules do experience dipole moments but only for an instant.

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