Water shows properties of -- for lack of a better word -- clumping from its permanent dipole (at STP), but what of a molecule with a temporary dipole moment, such as a v(2) vibrationally active carbon dioxide molecule. Assuming that its mean lifetime is greater than its collision time, would any subsequent coulombic interactions with neighbouring (polar) molecules have an effect on the average kinetic energy of a system (i.e. temperature), or is this a zero sum game?


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