Hydrogen bonding in water

Hydrogen bonding in water

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Caption: Computer graphics representation of hydrogen bonding in water (H20). Here, oxygen atoms are red spheres, hydrogen white spheres, with blue lines representing hydrogen bonds. Hydrogen bonds are stong intermolecular attractions that arise due to the nature of the covalent bond of hydrogen to an electronegative atom such as oxygen (as occurs in water). The hydrogen atom has only one electron & this is participating in the covalent bond to oxygen. The single proton in its core is therefore effectively laid bare & available for attraction to the electronegative oxygen. This has the effect of drawing the oxygen atoms in neighbouring water molecules closer together.

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Keywords: chemical, chemistry, compound, compounds, hydrogen bonding, hydrogen bonding in, in water, inorganic, molecule, molecules, water

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