Problem: Identify the compound with the smallest dipole moment in the gas phasea) HFb) Cl2c) LiFd) ClF

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We are asked to identify the compound with the smallest dipole moment in the gas phase.

  • We can know which has the smallest dipole moment by comparing the electronegativity values.
  • The smallest difference in EN values will have this smallest dipole moment.
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Identify the compound with the smallest dipole moment in the gas phase

a) HF

b) Cl2

c) LiF

d) ClF

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