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Grade: 12

In H2O molecule, should we consider the bond as covalent bonds or Hydrogen bonds?

8 years ago

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Polar Covalent - Polar covalent bonds are intermediate to ionic and covalent bonds. Polar covalent bonds form between atoms of different elements and occur when neither element has a strong enough attraction (electronegativity) for the electrons to remove them completely from one another (ionic), but also in which their attractions for the electrons are not equal (covalent). The result of this is that the electrons spend more time orbiting one atomic nucleus than the other. One atom now has a negative charge more than 50 percent of the time, but less than 100 percent and the other atom involved has a positive charge more than 50 percent of the time, but less than 100 percent. The bond is not ionic and not covalent, but rather polar covalent. That sounds more what water is. 

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Sagar Singh

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8 years ago
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water exhibits both covalent bond as well as hydrogen bond but covalent bond is astrong bond whereas hydrogen bond is just a weak attraction.

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