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    hey

    so why is CHCl3 non-polar? shouldnt it be a bit polar because of the chlorines? and it is not entirely symmetrical like methane

    thx
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    Hmm the structure is tetrahedral so the three Cl do have the ability to cancel out the charges
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    Chloroform is polar. Carbon tetrachloride isn't (as the four dipole moments cancel), but chloroform definitely is :yep:
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    (Original post by Andre09)
    hey

    so why is CHCl3 non-polar? shouldnt it be a bit polar because of the chlorines? and it is not entirely symmetrical like methane

    thx
    Chloroform is a polar molecule. The 3 chlorine atoms are considerably more electronegative than the hydrogen atom, so the molecule has a net dipole moment
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    Chloroform is polar. It has a dipole moment.

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_chlorof...r_or_non-polar
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    What are you talking about? Surely the Cl atoms are much more electronegative than the hydrogen, so there should be a dipole with the negative end being the one with the three chlorine atoms.
 
 
 
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