Problem: (a) What is meant by the term polarizability? (b) Which of the following atoms would you expect to be most polarizable: N, P, As, Sb? Explain. (c) List the following molecules in order of increasing polarizability: GeCl4, CH4, SiCl4, SiH4, and GeBr4. (d) Predict the order of boiling points of the substances in part (c).

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Part A.


We are being asked to determine the definition of polarizability.


Polarizability is related to intermolecular force.


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(a) What is meant by the term polarizability? 

(b) Which of the following atoms would you expect to be most polarizable: N, P, As, Sb? Explain. 

(c) List the following molecules in order of increasing polarizability: GeCl4, CH4, SiCl4, SiH4, and GeBr4

(d) Predict the order of boiling points of the substances in part (c).

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