Distortion and Polarizability

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

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Amina Durrani 3G
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Distortion and Polarizability

Postby Amina Durrani 3G » Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:49 pm

How are electron distortion and polarizability of that electron related? Is distortion and changing molar mass the same?

Jessica Li 4F
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Re: Distortion and Polarizability

Postby Jessica Li 4F » Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:50 pm

Polarizability doesn't relate to an electron, but rather the whole atom. The polarizability of an atom is essentially how easily its electron cloud can be distorted.

Pegah Nasseri 1K
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Re: Distortion and Polarizability

Postby Pegah Nasseri 1K » Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:53 pm

Anions that are larger with lower charges are more polarizable, meaning their electron cloud can be more easily distorted. Anions that are smaller with a higher charge have more polarizing power, meaning they are more able to distort an electron cloud.

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