Molecular shapes

(Polar molecules, Non-polar molecules, etc.)

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Molecular shapes

Postby Maldonado3K » Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:09 am

What are the major differences between the molecular shapes of nonpolar molecules and polar molecules?

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Re: Molecular shapes

Postby Ivy Lu 1C » Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:14 am

Polar molecules have a molecular shape where the dipole moments don't cancel each other. Nonpolar molecules have molecular shapes there the dipole moments do cancel each other out. It also depends on what the atoms are because dipole moments are different, they might not always cancel out.

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Re: Molecular shapes

Postby Scott Chin_1E » Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:16 am

A simple way to distinguish the differences in shape between polar and nonpolar molecules would be if the shape were "symmetrical" or not. Keep in mind this a simple an easy was to distinguish, but not always true and there are exceptions. However, it does apply to a lot of the shapes.

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