Why is O2 nonpolar?

Show more Show less



Learn to determine if O2 is polar or nonpolar based on the Lewis Structure and the molecular geometry (shape). ... While there may be unequal sharing of electrons in the individual bonds, in a nonpolar molecule like O2 these bonds are evenly distributed and cancel out. There is no net dipole and the O2 is non-polar. Diatomic oxygen consists of the same two elements, and they equally share the 4 electrons that make up the dual bond between them. They're equally electronegative, which means that there are not any partially charges for each element. Since neither atom pulls stronger, it's a non-polar covalent bond.

Example 1

Any of the noble gasses: He, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe (These are atoms, not technically molecules.)

In a nonpolar covalent bond, the electrons are equally circulated. You can foresee nonpolar particles will shape when atoms have the equivalent or comparative electronegativity. When all is said in done, if the electronegativity contrast between two atoms is under 0.5, the bond is viewed as nonpolar, despite the fact that the main really nonpolar particles are those framed with indistinguishable molecules.

Example 2

  • carbon dioxide - CO2
  • benzene - C6H6
  • carbon tetrachloride - CCl4
  • methane - CH4
  • ethylene - C2H4

Need homework help now?

Ask your first question for free

Ask question
tutors online

Related Questions

Log In


Don't have an account?

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.