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can someone please explain to me why water molecules are polar?

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  1. anonymous
    • one year ago
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    1) The electronegativity difference between oxygen and hydrogen. Since oxygen is much more electronegative (electron loving) it attracts the negative charge closer to it, thus creating a polarized bond where the O is more negative and the H's more positive. 2) Its bent shape. If water were a linear molecule it wouldn't be polar at all and the properties of water would be VERY different. Since its bent, it allows the polarization of the molecule to have a net negative/positive regions within the molecule.

  2. anonymous
    • one year ago
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    A question for the chemistry section but it is because oxygen is more electronegative then hydrogen so it pulls the electron closer leading the molecule to become and electical dipole = a polar molecule Do you understand it like this?

  3. anonymous
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    thank you both so much for explaining it! I understand now.

  4. anonymous
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    THEY ARE AN OKAY EXPLANATION

  5. amigatour
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    This one has a good chart of it. http://surfguppy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/780x541xBOND-COMPARISON.jpg.pagespeed.ic.qCQRySL1y1.jpg

  6. amigatour
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    As I understood it, the oxygen has higher electronegativity than the two hydrogens and it pulls the two hydrogens. |dw:1440376730721:dw| H---O---H (bent shape). The oxygen attracts H and the H attracts O (Remember the rule of opposite attractions).

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