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You know how you're all just dying to explain polarity to me... ? Haha. Please. From the start.


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Bob Bobson:
This may be a dumb question, but is ozone polar?  As far as I know, it does not have polar bonds but I know oxygen is paramagnetic (has unpaired electrons) and thus attracted to a magnetic field.  Also, I know ozone has a bent 120 degree shape--which is usually polar.  Any insight?

I had always thought that polarity was caused by differing electronegativities of the atoms involved in a bond.  If you have two atoms of the same element bonded to each other, they both have the same electronegativity so they would have to be non-polar.  Is that correct?  

Based on a some recent reading today, I'd say you're right Jdurg. The way I understand it, you need differing electronegativty to be polar, and if its a big difference... the bond is no longer covalent but ionic.


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