We’re asked to determine if the structures shown are polar or nonpolar, with the distinction that if the structure is an ion, we pick the answer as “ionic”.
Remember that molecules that have unequal sharing of electrons contain a molecular polarity.
This is determined using Lewis structures.
A molecule is nonpolar:
If the central element has no lone pairs, it must be connected to the same surrounding elements.
Would the following structures be polar or nonpolar? (Not applicable if the structure is an ion. Pick "ionic" in that case).
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