Non-polar

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A non-polar [[Molecule|molecule]] is one that has symmetrical distributions of [[Electron|electrons]], therefore not having a [[Dipole|dipole]]. This is due to the [[Electronegativity|electronegativities]] of bonded [[Atom|atoms]]/functional groups being similar to each other.  
 
A non-polar [[Molecule|molecule]] is one that has symmetrical distributions of [[Electron|electrons]], therefore not having a [[Dipole|dipole]]. This is due to the [[Electronegativity|electronegativities]] of bonded [[Atom|atoms]]/functional groups being similar to each other.  
  
Non-polar substances are generally [[Hydrophobic|hydrophobic]] and form [[Van Der Waals]] forces with neighbouring [[Molecule|molecules]].
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Non-polar substances are generally [[Hydrophobic|hydrophobic]] as they cannot form electrostatic attractions with the [[polar]] water molecules. Instead they form [[Van Der Waals]] forces with neighbouring [[Molecule|molecules]].

Revision as of 21:57, 25 November 2012

A non-polar molecule is one that has symmetrical distributions of electrons, therefore not having a dipole. This is due to the electronegativities of bonded atoms/functional groups being similar to each other.

Non-polar substances are generally hydrophobic as they cannot form electrostatic attractions with the polar water molecules. Instead they form Van Der Waals forces with neighbouring molecules.

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