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Is methanol (CH3OH) a polar or nonpolar molecule?

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Asked at 2011.04.20 23:22:49
I am a little confused, i know that there are lone pairs of electrons and the structure is tetrahedral, but the lone pairs belong to oxygen rather than the central element (C).
answer neenee29  Answered at 2011.04.20 23:22:49
Methanol is definitely polar. There are lone pairs on the oxygen, and there is also a polar bond. There is a definite dipole moment along the C-O bond that is not cancelled out by any other dipole moments in the molecule.

A practical reality check for the answer is also this: methanol dissolves in water! And if you're not sure about the fact that methanol dissolves in water, think of it this way. Ethanol (CH3CH2OH) is very similar to methanol. Ethanol (the active ingredient in popular beverages such as beer, wine and vodka) most definitely dissolves in water, so methanol will most likely behave similarly.
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