Is a water polar molecule?

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Apr 27, 2017

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Because of the electronegativity difference of oxygen, and hydrogen, and the peculiar geometry of the water molecule, water is a highly polar, i.e. charge separated, molecule.

We could represent this polarity by #""stackrel(delta+)H-stackrel(delta-)O-stackrel(delta+)H#. Note that water is a bent molecule based on a tetrahedron, with #/_H-O-H=104.5^@#.