For this problem, we have to determine the strongest interaction between SO2 and MgCl2
In this case, we have to determine the strongest IMF on both compounds.
Step 1: Sulfur (EN = 2.5) is less electronegative than oxygen (EN = 3.5) so S is the central atom.
Step 2: The total number of valence electrons present in SO2 is:
Group Valence Electrons
S 6A 1 × 6 e– = 6 e–
O 6A 2 × 6 e– =12 e–
Total: 18 valence e–
What is the strongest interparticle force in a sample of SO2 and in a sample of MgCl2?
a. dipole-induced dipole forces
b. ion-dipole forces
c. ionic bonding forces
d. hydrogen bonding forces
e. ion-induced dipole forces
f. dispersion forces
g. dipole-dipole forces
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