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Suraj Prakash Sharma | Ekta Chotia

CHEMICAL BONDING
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2.2.3.     Van der Waals interactions.

The basis of Van der Waals interaction is that the distribution of electronic charge around an atom changes with time. The distribution changes with time is because of movement  of electrons in the orbit. Electron is not a static, it revolves around the orbit.

Due to the movement of electron at any instant, the charge distribution is not perfectly symmetric. This transient asymmetry in the electronic charge around an atom acts through electrostatic interactions to induce a complementary asymmetry in the electron distribution around its neighboring atoms.

The resulting attraction between two atoms increases as they come closer to each other. The minimum distance between the molecule is known as vanderwalls contact distance. At a shorter distance, very strong repulsive forces become dominant because the outer electron clouds overlap to each other. Thus atoms repel to each other. That's the reason vanderwalls forces is the sum of attractive and repulsive forces.

Three types of Van der Walls forces

1.            Dipole - Dipole

2.            Dipole - induced Dipole

3.            London - forces

London dispersion force :

A type of Van der Walls force is known as London dispersion force. The London dispersion force arises due to instantaneous dipoles in neighbouring atoms. As the negative charge of the electron is not uniform around the whole atom, there is always a charge imbalance. This small charge will induce a corresponding dipole in a nearby molecule; causing an attraction between the two. The electron then moves to another part of the electron cloud and the attraction is broken. London dispersion force is the weakest intermolecular force. London dispersive force is a temporary attractive force that results when electrons in two atom occupy positions that make the atoms form temporary dipoles. This force is also known as induced-dipole-induced dipole attraction.

2.2.4.     Hydrophobic interaction

Hydrophobic force is not a force, is an interaction of non polar molecules like lipids which come close to each other only in presence of water. The hydrophobic force is a tendency of water molecules to form a bigger cage around the lipid molecules. The hydrophobic force does not exist without water. It is a tendency of water molecule only. Hydrophobic are generally non polar molecules and have long chain of carbon molecule which do not interact with water molecules. 

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