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polar molecules. Somone might want to incorporate some of it:
Let’s look at one of the consequences of sharing these electrons.
In water, the oxygen atom tends to attract the shared electrons more strongly than do the hydrogen atoms.
Therefore, the electrons are more closely associated with the oxygen
The oxygen atom becomes somewhat negatively charged.
The hydrogen atoms become somewhat electron deficient and positively charged.
This means that the water molecule has an unequal distribution of
Such molecules are called polar molecules.
If there is no unequal distribution of charge in a molecule, it is a nonpolar molecule.
Whether a molecule is polar or nonpolar is a key determinant in how the molecule interacts with other molecules.