Ethene: non-polar Vs IR inactive

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Ethene: non-polar Vs IR inactive

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:50 pm

How can ethene show any peaks from IR if it is non-polar thus "IR inactive"?

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Re: Ethene: non-polar Vs IR inactive

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:50 pm

Non-polar bonds are IR inactive e.g., the C=C bond. The C-H bonds are polar and therefore IR Active.


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