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Dec 13, 2016

Don't forget the two lone pairs on the oxygen atom!


An atom of oxygen has four valence orbitals, of which two are bonding orbitals and two are lone pairs. The lone pairs cause repulsion of the two bonds and force them away from the 180° orientation that would have to exist in a linear molecule. the result is a "V" shape to the two bonds!