Problem: Which atom in a water molecule has the greatest electronegativity?a. one of the hydrogen atomsb. both hydrogen atomsc. the oxygen atom

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Recall that electronegativity can be thought of as the tendency of an atom to attract electrons.


A water molecule has two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom.


Based on the periodic table, 

EN of H = 2.2

EN of O = 3.5


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Which atom in a water molecule has the greatest electronegativity?

a. one of the hydrogen atoms

b. both hydrogen atoms

c. the oxygen atom

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