Polar vs Nonpolar for CH2Cl2

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Diane Kang 2F
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Polar vs Nonpolar for CH2Cl2

Postby Diane Kang 2F » Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:18 am

Why is CH2Cl2 polar?

Don't the dipole moments for the two C-Cl bonds cancel out?

Samantha Kwock 1D
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Re: Polar vs Nonpolar for CH2Cl2

Postby Samantha Kwock 1D » Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:34 am

CH2Cl2 may appear nonpolar from the Lewis structure, but since its VSEPR structure is tetrahedral, the Cl dipole moments do not cancel each other.

Nikki Bych 1I
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Re: Polar vs Nonpolar for CH2Cl2

Postby Nikki Bych 1I » Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:43 am

Since the structure is tetrahedral, the overall dipoles do not cancel.


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