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How do you determine polarity?

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Answered 2011-01-16 01:35:58

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.

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