# How do water molecules act like "little magnets"?

Nov 3, 2016

Water molecules are polar in nature.

#### Explanation:

Water molecules are basically, ${H}_{2} O$ molecules, which have bent shapes. Also, $O$ atom is electronegative than $H$ atom. So, the entire electron densities of the two hydrogen atoms get attracted towards the oxygen atom.
Thus a polarity develops in each $O - H$ bonds, and thus, the water molecules are polar in nature and act like "little magnets".

Bent shape of water

Polar water molecule