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Refers to ability for an atom in a covalent framework to attract electron density to itself. Do not conflate with electron affinity, which is the ability of a lone atom (or molecule) to attract an electron to itself. Both are measured in joules/mole.

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Is it possible to calculate electronegativity of surface atoms?

As the title asks, is it possible to calculate the electronegativity (EN) of specific atoms on extended surfaces (slabs), more specifically using computational methods? There are a few issues here I ...
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Why are the electronegativities of transition metals so similar to each other?

I was wondering why the electronegativity among transition metals are so similar. I can't find anything on the internet, just vague answers about the d orbitals that don't seem to provide a sufficient ...
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Comparing Acidic Strength of H3PO4 and H3AsO4

The $pKa$ values for H3AsO4 and H3PO4 are $2.30$ and $2.12$ which indicate that H3PO4 is a stronger acid compared to H3AsO4. I looked up their electronegativity values to find that they are almost the ...
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Which is more electronegative: chlorine or nitrogen?

Why nitrogen is considered to be less electronegative than chlorine. Nitrogen should be more electronegative as I was reading some content about this and I read some reasonable arguments: $\ce{NCl3}$ ...
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Geometries of SCl2(OCH3)2 and SF2(OCH3)2

I am not able to understand the difference between structure of $\ce{SCl_{2}(OCH_{3})_{2}}$ and $\ce{SF_{2}(OCH_{3})_{2}}$. I am already well versed with Molecular Orbital and VSEPR theories. I found ...
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Change of electronegativity of carbon atom by changing substituents

I was wondering how electronegativity and charge of carbon atom is affected by switching the substituents. For example what will be the difference in electronegativity of carbon atom in CF3, CCl3, ...
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Comparing electronegativities of aluminium and gallium

If I were to compare the electronegativities of Al and Ga, shouldn't I be saying that the electronegativity of elements (in general) decreases down the group, I say this by thinking of the position of ...
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In which all substituents does Inductive effect overpower Mesomeric effect?

In most substituents, the mesomeric effect is considered stronger and more dominating than the inductive effect. A notable exception are the halogens. The reason behind this has been well-...
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Hydrogen Bonding by Carbenes

A hydrogen bond is formed between hydrogen attached to highly electronegative atoms (nitrogen, oxygen, and fluorine) which are small in size too and the non-bonding pair of electrons of another such ...
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Which substitutent should be placed on axial position in SCl2(OCH3)2?

According to Bent's rule, in $\mathrm{sp^3d}$ more electronegative element is placed on the axial position, so between $\ce{Cl}$ and $\ce{OCH3}$ in $\ce{SCl2(OCH3)2}$ which should be placed on axial ...
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Tin (II) chloride is white while tin(II) iodide is red. Why?

Tin (II) chloride is white while tin(II) iodide is red. Why? The answer given in my book says: Bigger anion has higher polarizability; more polarization greater is the intensity of colour(...
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What is the best Electronegativity cutoff for my calculator?

I have written a Chemical Bond Polarity Calculator application, which many students use for their homework. I sometimes get questions from these students as to why the cutoff I use is 2.0, and not ...
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Why is the electrode potential of copper positive when hydrogen is more electronegative than copper?

Both copper and zinc has an electronegativity that is smaller than hydrogen, but why does copper have a positive electrode potential while zinc has a negative one? And lead (which has a greater ...
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Aren't hydrogens on less substituted groups more electrophilic?

I am having some trouble understanding the behaviors of some Alkene reactions that I have been studying. I took two semesters of O-chem a couple of years ago and am trying to refresh before an ...
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Displacement by more electropositive metal in non aqueous environment

The more electropositive element should displace metal from it's salts' solution. This can be seen in reaction of copper salts with iron. But, if you try using for example potassium metal as the more ...
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Bent's rule: electronegativity and s character

I'm very much confused about Bent's rule. What I perceive from it is that more electronegative element occupies a position which has less s character. What I can infer from here is that s character ...
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The most acidic hydrogen of 4‐hydroxybutanenitrile

Identify the most acidic hydrogen atom in the compound below: $$\ce{NC-CH2-CH2-CH2-OH}$$ My teacher said that the $\ce{H}$ connected to $\ce{O}$ is the most acidic since $\ce{O}$ is more ...
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Is there any mathematical formula for electron affinity and ionization potential?

I already know about the mathematical formula for electronegativity, but it requires the ionization potential and electron affinity. How can I can easily calculate the ionization potential and ...
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How to identify where a bond will break and where a bond will form (acetals)

In the following reaction: The $\ce{H}$ from $\ce{ROH}$ joins the $\ce{O}$ in the carbonyl. So the Alcohol breaks at the bond between the $\ce{R'O}$ and the $\ce{H}$. How do I know this occurs, ...
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Why does increasing electronegativity difference result in decreasing density?

I've been collecting data and there's a very strong inverse relationship between electronegativity difference and density ($\pu{R^2}$ value of roughly 0.95 from my data). Is there any chemistry that ...
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Cyanide's Lewis structure - electronegativity or octet rule?

The formula for the cyanide ion is $\ce{CN-}$. That gives us a total of ten valence electrons to work with. There are two obvious ways to build the Lewis structure. $\ce{:^-C#N:}$ $\ce{:C=N^-::...
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Can a more electropositive metal replaced by a less electropositive one?

I read from this reference that rubidium is extracted by reduction of its chloride with calcium or sodium. How is it possible?. Their electronegativities are much higher than rubidium. I think ...
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Electronegativity (Oxygen and Phosphorus)

What makes an element electronegative. I understand, for example, $\ce{P(OR)3}$ is less basic than $\ce{PR3}$ because the oxygen in $\ce{P(OR)3}$ is more electronegative than P, so it pulls electron ...
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Why does this reaction take place in terms of electronic structure?

I need to know, in terms of electronic charge - the electrophiles and nucleophiles involved - how the electronegativity of the potassium and hydrogen atoms alongside the hydroxide and H+ ions result ...
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What are the effects if fluorine distorts the adjacent bonds in molecules?

In class we were taught to treat fluorine as anomalous because it distorted the adjacent bonds in a molecule, like fluoromethane shown below as the electron cloud in C-H would move towards the ...
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Clearing my doubt over Electronegativity and oxidation state

I was doing a question in which we were required to find the oxidation state of $\ce{H3PO3}$. I knew the structure that is: Now, Phosphorus being less electronegative than oxygen get $+2,+1,+1$ ...
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Can an element have variable oxidation states in a compound?

Take propanoic acid for example. If I assign oxidation states to the 3 carbons in it using the idea that the more electronegative element gets all the electrons in the bonds it makes, the 3 carbons ...
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Why don't I get the same value of percentage ionic character of a particular molecule from different equations?

About the ionic character of a polar covalent compound Pauling gave two equations as [1-$e^{.25(x_a - x_b)}] $% [18$(x_a-x_b)^{1.4}$]% Hanary and Smith gave the equation [$16(x_a-x_b)+3.5(x_a-...
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Is a SR2+ substituent really more electron-withdrawing than NH3+?

As the electronegativity of nitrogen and sulfur are around 3.04 and 2.58, respectively (according to the Pauling scale). So according to that, $\ce{NH3+}$ should pull the electrons more towards it ...
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Why is a CO single bond stronger than a NO single bond?

Why is a CO sigma bond stronger than a NO sigma bond? I would think that since nitrogen and oxygen are of similar size and have similar atomic orbitals (because they are adjacent in the period), their ...
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How does HCl dissolve in water if the intramolecular force is stronger?

So what I know now is that the H in HCl is more positive and the Cl is more negative, while the H in H2O is more positive and the O is more negative. When HCl enters water, its more positive atoms (H) ...
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What is more polar?

Is the bond $\ce{Cs-F}$ more polar or $\ce{C-F}$ ? I am not sure because I thought $\ce{Cs-F}$ is classified as an ionic bond, and $\ce{C-F}$ as a polar covalent one. Based on electronegativity values,...