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Both H2O and CO2 have 3 atoms, yet one is polar and one is nonpolar. Explain why, using Lewis dot structures in your answer

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    CO2 is linear.
    O=C=O
    Symmetrical molecules have no net dipole moment.

    H2O is angular.
    H
    |
    O-H
    Non-symmetrical molecules have a dipole moment if the electronegativity of the central atom is different from the attached atoms.

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