Linear Shape of O2

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cristinapadilla_1E
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Linear Shape of O2

Postby cristinapadilla_1E » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:52 am

I thought that linear shaped molecules can’t have dipole moments. How is O2 an exception to this?

Rachana Jayaraman 1H
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Re: Linear Shape of O2

Postby Rachana Jayaraman 1H » Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:05 am

O2 does not have dipole moments because there is no difference in electronegativity between the 2 O atoms. That's why O2 is nonpolar.

Julia Jones 1G
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Re: Linear Shape of O2

Postby Julia Jones 1G » Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:54 am

Because the oxygen molecule has 2 oxygen molecules that are stuck together so they are non polar. They can’t have a dipole moment because they have the same electronegativity.

Ashley Kim
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Re: Linear Shape of O2

Postby Ashley Kim » Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:58 am

O2 is not an exception, necessarily. All diatomic molecules are nonpolar.

Yiwen Chen-3G
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Re: Linear Shape of O2

Postby Yiwen Chen-3G » Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:15 am

O2 is actually nonpolar. Since there's no dipole.


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