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Polarity: A chemical analysis

Robert College, 12 | 12/30/2009 12:00:00 AM | Sinan Alp Kazaklar

Every charge, every person or every electron has its place in the space occupied by the matter, and polarity is a great help in stabilizing the positions of particles.

The world, water molecules, Turkey, magnets, angles … What do they have in common? The water molecule and many other foundations in our daily life are so polarized that this propelling force has become an issue on its own rather than an aid.

Polarity, in general, means the presence of two opposing tendencies, be they positive vs. negative, yin vs. yang, or left vs. right.

For instance, the molecular polarity of water is derived from the difference of charges between the atoms in the compound and the asymmetry of the structure. Surprisingly enough, the same applies to our current understanding of dissidence. Opposition, as can be excessively observed in life, results in mental or chemically speaking polar separation.

Two positively-charged hydrogen atoms and oppositely-placed, negatively-charged oxygen atoms make up their own networks exactly on opposite poles. It is true that if ıt were not for their initial unity, the substance would not be there in the first place. However, how much of that unity remains preserved and how much importance is given to the repulsion against attraction are other debatable topics.

And by the way, this is not Chemistry 101.

As anything immersed in strong tendencies, the water molecule has a bent shape that causes the polarity in the first place. In the case of well-known water, the unequal distribution of charges and an extra set of lone pairs are the reasons why it results in such a shape.

Between the north and south, east and west, or right and left poles, there is more of a strong antimony than a compromising attitude in those cases. The differences are very much important and the common terms are ignored. After all, it is the way strict chemical properties along with many other rules in daily life are known to work, no matter right or wrong.

On the other hand, this article is not Chemistry 101.

Polarity is a very central idea in chemistry – or, in a more general sense, in life. Every charge, every person, every electron, every ant or every atom has its place in the space occupied by matter, and polarity is a great help to stabilize the positions of particles and secure the “order” inside and between matter. All in all, chemical or not, polarity certainly isn’t helpful to its owner.

Finally and quite apparently, this is far from Chemistry 101.

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