(Polar molecules, Non-polar molecules, etc.)
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AprilPaz wrote:How does an atom having preference affect the molecular shape ? Dr. Lavelle brought up several times how Fluorine will change the dynamic since it has preference.
The example he gave in lecture talked about CCl4 vs. HCCl3 and their preference for attraction. If a Na+ cation was held near these molecules, the orientation of the CCl4 molecule wouldn't matter because all Cl atoms have a partial negative charge, being attracted to the Na+ cation. However, for the second molecule, it will prefer to have an orientation where Cl will interact with Na+ instead of H interacting with Na+.
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