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Dipole moment of a molecule of NaCl gas

Question: In a molecule of NaCl gas, the center-to-center distance between the two atoms is about 0.6 nm. Assuming that the chlorine completely steals one of the sodium's electrons, compute this molecule's dipole moment.

Solution: The dipole moment is

Last Update: 2009-06-21