Hi, I am having trouble understanding what permanent and temporary dipoles are and what is the difference between them. Can someone please explain to me?
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Permanent are the dipole-dipole interactions eg in H2O or CO2 etc, temporary are like Van der Waals (or London dispersion) because in these, the interaction occurs when the electrons happen to move to an area creating a temporary dipole, eg in Br2 or I2. You can read more about it here: