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Question:
Is the ozone molecule a polar molecule? if so, could you explain why.


Replies:
Ozone (O3) is a bent molecule! It has a bond angle of about 116 degrees and a dipole moment of about 0.53 Debye units. You can find more details at:

http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/chem00/chem00707.htm

Vince Calder


John,

Ozone is a polar molecule because it is bent -- not linear, like oxygen. The three atoms in ozone do not lie along a straight line. Therefore, the electronic charge distribution is lopsided, thus, the molecule is polar

Regards,
ProfHoff 893



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