Is a single molecule of oxygen held together by two nonpolar covalent bonds?

1 Answer
Oct 23, 2016

Yes for the most part...


A single oxygen molecule's formula is #O_2# . This means that two oxygen molecules will combine to form a diatomic molecule. Oxygen has two valent electrons, so when two oxygen atoms come together they will form a double bond.

It's also non-polar because the two oxygen molecules will have the same electronegativities so the electron cloud would be evenly distributed (both oxygen atoms would have an equal attraction for their shared electrons) between the two.