Asked in ScienceChemistryChemical Bonding
How do you determine polarity?
January 16, 2011 1:35AM
Polarity is described as how much pull on electrons one element in a bonding. For example, in water, hydrogen has a partial positive charge and oxygen has a partial negative charge. This means that the electron has a strong pull closer towards the oxygen more than the hydrogen. We can therefore conclude that oxygen has a higher polarity.