Caption: Water molecules join forming polar covalent bonds, resulting in surface tension. A good example of a polar covalent bond is the hydrogen-oxygen bond in a water molecule. As a result of unequal sharing, atoms of a polar covalent bond will have a partial charge. It's common for hydrogen atoms of a polar covalent bond to be partially positively charged. Because unlike charges attract, these hydrogen atoms will form hydrogen bonds with other atoms that have a partial negative charge such as the oxygen portion of a water molecule. While a single hydrogen bond is weak, collectively they can be quite strong, for example, forming the surface tension of water.

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Keywords: atom, covalent bond, electron, h2o, hydrogen, neutron, oxygen, polar covalent bond, proton, surface tension, valence shell, water

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Covalent bond in water

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