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Sulfur dioxide O - S - 0 has two valence pairs on one side of the sulfur, so the oxygens are bent downwards, making it a polar molecule (the bends make it asymmetric)

Meanwhile, Carbon dioxide, O=C=O has only double bonds around the central atom, no unbonded pairs, so it is a linear, and therefore non-polar molecule. (It is symmetric)

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Q: Why is sulfur dioxide polar and carbon dioxide non-polar when both have polar covalent bond?
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Is SO2 covalent or nonpolar covalent?

Sulfur dioxide is a polar molecules with polar covalent bonds.

What type of bond does carbon and sulfur share?

they share a nonpolar covalent bond

How do you know that sulfur and carbon form a covalent bond?

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