Which of the following covalent bonds is the most polar?


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The covalent bonds between hydrogen and oxygen in a molecule of water are the most polar. Water is a covalent molecule, meaning the two atoms of hydrogen and the one atom of oxygen share electrons.

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In an ionic molecule, the electrons are donated by one atom and grabbed by another, as in a molecule of table salt. This gives the molecule a positive or negative charge, making it an ion. Ions have positive and negative poles much like a magnet. In the case of water, the electrons tend to stay in the vicinity of the oxygen molecule, even though there is no ionic bond. This makes the molecule polar.

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