Problem: Given two molecules, CH4 (methane) and CH3OH (methanol), explain why one is non-polar and the other is polar. In your explanation, you must explain the types of bonds formed in each molecule.

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Recall: Electronegativity is the tendency of an atom to attract a pair of electrons


Nonpolar bonds: found on two atoms with the same electronegativity

Polar bonds: found on two atoms with different electronegativity

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Given two molecules, CH4 (methane) and CH3OH (methanol), explain why one is non-polar and the other is polar. In your explanation, you must explain the types of bonds formed in each molecule.

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