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Chemistry: Polar or non-polar? Dipolar moment?

  1. Apr 26, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Is this molecule polar or non polar? What is its dipolar moment?
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    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
    The molecule has triple symmetry so its dipolar moment is 0. But I think it is polar because the oxygens atract the eletrons much more strongly than carbons.
     
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  3. Apr 28, 2013 #2
    Dipole moment is a vector.
     
  4. Apr 28, 2013 #3
    yes i know, by 0 i meant null vector. so whats the answer?
     
  5. Apr 28, 2013 #4
    If the net dipole moment is zero, is the molecule polar or non-polar?
     
  6. Apr 28, 2013 #5
    that's my question, everyone treats dipole moment as a measure of polarity but I think it is possible for a molecule to have 0 dipole moment and be polar as the one in the figure. I think there is a negative pole in each oxygen even though the dipole moment is zero
     
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