# What is the bond polarity of the water molecule?

##### 1 Answer

#### Explanation:

The polarity of water can be calculated by finding the sum of the two dipole moments of both

For ionic compounds, the dipole moment could be calculated by:

where,

and

For covalent compounds, the expression becomes:

where,

For water, the partial charges are distributed as follows:

It is more complicated to calculate the partial charge on each atom, that is why I will skip this part.

The dipole moment of the

So the net dipole moment of water could be calculated by summing the two dipole moments of both

Note that