# Linalyl acetate: polar or nonpolar? [duplicate]

Why is linalyl acetate nonpolar?

From the structure of the molecule I would have assumed that it was polar since it has a $\ce{C=O}$ bond and is asymmetric. What is it that makes it nonpolar?

• Depends on what your definition of non-polar is. How are you defining it? – Waylander May 29 '18 at 8:58
• I only know the basics of nonpolar and polar molecules; distribution of charge and if the charge is distributed evenly across the molecule then the molecule is nonpolar @Waylander – Johan May 29 '18 at 9:14
• There is no overall charge on the molecule though there is one region of polarity. But in terms of its properties, it will dissolve in non-polar solvents rather than polar, will run high under std tlc conditions etc which to my eyes makes it non-polar. – Waylander May 29 '18 at 10:49
• Being asymmetric has nothing to do with polarity. For instance, do you think 3-methylhexane is polar? It is a hydrocarbon but asymmetric (carbon-3 is chiral) . – Mathew Mahindaratne May 29 '18 at 15:13
• While I agree that the answer in the duplicate is correct for this case as well, clearly dipole moment is a poor descriptor: I calculated it for 3-methylhexane as 0.02 D and for linalyl acetate as over 2.2 D. – pentavalentcarbon May 30 '18 at 4:12