Monday, December 23, 2013

The Polarity of Water

Part A
As can be seen in the illustration on page 1 of the activity titled "The Polarity of Water" a water molecule is joined to four other water molecules by hydrogen bonds.
Part B
The electrons spend more time with the oxygen of the water molecule than with the hydrogens of water. Thus, the oxygen has a net negative charge and the hydrogens have a net positive charge.
Part C
The question defines electronegativity.
Part D
While oxygen shares electrons with hydrogen, the electrons spend more time with the oxygen than with the hydrogens.
Part E
Hydrogen Bonds are weaker than covalent bonds because they do not involve sharing of electrons, and they are weaker than ionic bonds because they involve the attraction of partial (not full) opposite charges.
Part F
The high surface tension of water allows the insect to remain on the surface.

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