Problem: This figure shows the interaction of a cation with surrounding water molecules.Which atom of water is associated with the cation?

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We’re being asked to determine the atom of water associated with the cation in the figure.



Recall that a cation is a positive ion. Since opposite charges attract, it will more likely associate with a negative ion.

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This figure shows the interaction of a cation with surrounding water molecules.Dotted lines connect a central cation to the O of 5 surrounding water molecules. These water molecules are hydrogen bonded to other water molecules.

Which atom of water is associated with the cation?

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