What is the overall charge on a molecule of water?

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Feb 22, 2017

Answer:

Well, ZERO.........

Explanation:

The water molecule is #OH_2#. There are #1+1+8# #"protonic charges"#, which are electrostatically balanced by #1+1+8# #"electronic charges"#. What do well call these fundamental carriers of electrostatic charge, and where do they live?

In solution, the water molecule is conceived to dissociate,

#2H_2O(l) rightleftharpoons H_3O^+ + ""^(-)OH#

This equilibrium reaction has been extensively studied and measured.