What is the difference between a polar covalent bond and a nonpolar covalent bond?

1 Answer
Dec 9, 2015

Polar covalent bonds share electrons unequally, nonpolar covalent bonds share electrons equally.


The electronegativity of the atoms involved in a covalent bond determines which will have more pull on the electrons shared between them. Because all atoms have different electronegativities, the only time you would have a nonpolar covalent bond is when you have 2 of the same atom bound together.