How are polarity and polarizability different?

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

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aisteles1G
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How are polarity and polarizability different?

Postby aisteles1G » Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:44 pm

I understand that the two are closely related but is there any defining differences in the terms?

Abby De La Merced 3F
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Re: How are polarity and polarizability different?

Postby Abby De La Merced 3F » Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:49 pm

Polarity is the distribution of electric charge in a molecule, while I am pretty sure that every molecule, polar or not, has a polarizability. That polarizability is dependent the number of electrons and size of atom/molecule. I am kind of confused about this concept as well but I hope this somewhat helps.

Manya Bali 4E
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Re: How are polarity and polarizability different?

Postby Manya Bali 4E » Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:11 pm

I think the difference is small but notable. To my understanding, polarity refers to the unequal sharing of electrons or the existence/strength of a dipole in a molecule. On the other hand, polarizability explains how easily the electrons (electrons cloud) can be distorted or how easily a dipole can be induced in a molecule by outside forces.

Tatum Keichline 2B
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Re: How are polarity and polarizability different?

Postby Tatum Keichline 2B » Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:56 pm

Polarity: Charge distribution causing polar or nonpolar molecules due to differences in electronegativity
Polarizability: How easily an electron cloud can be distorted


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