Mic asked in Science & MathematicsChemistry · 2 years ago

Why does polarity decrease bond strength?

My intuition is that the more polar a molecule is, the stronger the attraction between the atoms and thus stronger the bond.

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  • Mike A
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    2 years ago

    Define "bond strength". Bonds can break in different ways ie heterolytic where a cation and an anion are formed or homolytic where uncharged species are formed. The most polar bonds are ionic and these break most easily by simply dissolving in water. The least polar ie H-H are among the strongest. See the link;

    http://www.science.uwaterloo.ca/~cchieh/cact/c120/...

  • 2 years ago

    since the polar atom will attract the electrons present in the other atom it’s bonded to. So it’s just basically grabbing those electrons along with the atom that they’re contained in tighter.

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