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O vs P ChloroNitroBenzene Polarity

  1. Oct 20, 2011 #1
    I'm having trouble understanding the difference in polarity between O and P ChloroNitroBenzene for my lab. One group is telling me the O isomer is less polar because the nitro group and chloro group do intramolecular bonding preventing intermolecular bonding. Another group is telling me the O isomer is more polar because the electron withdrawing groups are together creating more of a charge. The melting point of the O isomer is less than P but the P goes up the TLC further. Boiling points are almost identical. Thanks in advance.

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