Posted by caleb on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 8:50pm.
water molecules have a bent shape rather than a linear shape because

chemistry  DrBob222, Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 9:07pm
The oxygen has four regions of high electron density which dictates a tetrahedral arrangement, sp3. They aren't quite 109.5 degrees, as a tetrahedral angle would be, because the two unshared pairs of electrons modify the angle.
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