Problem: Part D. After experimenting with the PhET, draw a molecule of dibromomethane (CH2Br2 ).  Use this drawing to assign partial charges and determine whether or not the molecule is polar.   The positive plate is on the right, and the negative plate is on the left. An electric field is set up between the plates. The molecule will orient according to the electric field to minimize charge distribution. Complete the diagram showing how dibromomethane (CH2Br2) will orient itself in an electric field according to partial positive and negative charges. Drag the appropriate labels to their respective targets.Electric fields can orient molecules based upon their molecular dipoles and partial charges. Positive partial charges will align toward the negative end of the electric field, and negative charges will align toward the positive end of the field.

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Part D. After experimenting with the PhET, draw a molecule of dibromomethane (CH2Br2 ).  Use this drawing to assign partial charges and determine whether or not the molecule is polar.  

The positive plate is on the right, and the negative plate is on the left. An electric field is set up between the plates. The molecule will orient according to the electric field to minimize charge distribution. Complete the diagram showing how dibromomethane (CH2Br2) will orient itself in an electric field according to partial positive and negative charges. 

Drag the appropriate labels to their respective targets.


Electric fields can orient molecules based upon their molecular dipoles and partial charges. Positive partial charges will align toward the negative end of the electric field, and negative charges will align toward the positive end of the field.

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