Thu November 10, 2011 By:

what do we understand by polar and non polar (compunds or any other thing)

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Thu November 10, 2011
In chemistry, the molecular geometry and the electronegativity difference between the bonded atoms are the main factors which decide the polarity or non-polarity.

Polar molecules can be categorised as "polar covalent", "non-polar covalent", or "ionic".

 A molecule is composed of one or more chemical bonds between molecular orbitals of different atoms. A molecule may be polar either as a result of polar bonds due to differences inelectronegativity as described above, or as a result of an asymmetric arrangement of nonpolar covalent bonds and non-bonding pairs of electrons known as a full molecular orbital.

Examples: H2O, NH3, sugars, etc.

Sometimes, the molecule is non polar because the molecule has geometry in such a way that the charge of the nuclei are distributed evenly. Examples: alkanes, oils, nitrogen, etc.
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