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

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Madeline Lequang 1G
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Postby Madeline Lequang 1G » Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:27 pm

If a structure is symmetric is it possible for it to be polar? or will they always be nonpolar?

Christopher Wendland 4F
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Re: polarity

Postby Christopher Wendland 4F » Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:30 pm

A symmetrical structure can be polar if the atoms on opposite sites are different elements. This would cause an imbalance in the strength of their dipoles and make it polar.

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Re: polarity

Postby Javier_Ochoa_DIS_3J » Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:32 pm

I believe if it's fully symmetric than it would have to be non-polar considering an equal force on all sides. I am sure there are exceptions but I doubt we have to know them now.

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Re: polarity

Postby Shash Khemka 1K » Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:43 pm

The only way, to my knowledge, that a symmetrical structure could be polar is if the atoms on opposing sides are different elements. Other than that, symmetrical structures with the same elements on either side are usually non-polar.

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