How will a polar and a non-polar molecule interact?


Dipole-induced dipole forces operate between a polar molecule having a permanent dipole and a non-polar molecule lacking permanent dipole.

  • A dipole-induced dipole attraction is a weak attraction that results when a polar molecule induces a dipole in an atom or in a non-polar molecule by disturbing the arrangement of electrons in the non-polar species.
  • The dipole–induced-dipole interaction, depends on the presence of a polar molecule.
  • The presence of the partial charges of the polar molecule causes a polarization, or distortion, of the electron distribution of the other molecule.

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