London dispersion

London dispersion

London dispersion


“What is the weakest of the intermolecular forces and how does it form?”


As a result of the nature of quantum mechanics, we know that in atomic structure, electrons do not orbit around the nucleus in a newtonian fashion, but instead are located in probability densities surrounding the core. Since electrons will move around in such a manner, the charge distribution of an atom is bound to become slightly asymmetric with time. Consequently, these asymmetric atoms will interact with other asymmetric atoms to form very subtle electric dipoles, resulting in a very weak intermolecular force. Scientists and Engineers have termed this phenomena to be London dispersion, and it is found to be the weakest of all the intermolecular forces. Despite this, as a result of it’s universal nature, all molecules are found to exhibit london dispersion

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