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Dipole Moment

Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:01 pm
by Abbey Kerscher 3O
When you have a dipole moment to figure out if a molecule is polar or non polar, does the arrow point from least electronegative to the most, or does it depend on the formal charge of each atom in the molecule like -1 and +1?

Re: Dipole Moment

Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:14 pm
by NinaSheridan
It depends on electronegativity, not formal charge :)

Re: Dipole Moment

Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:12 pm
by cara_Budzinski_3D
it does depend on electronegativity, and the arrow points to the MORE electronegative atom. formal charge is not a determining factor here