Why is the bond angle of water molecule less than the normal?

Asked by Topperlearning User | 4th Jun, 2014, 01:23: PM

Expert Answer:

Water molecule is made of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. Oxygen atom has 2 lone pair of electrons. This causes a slight redistributing of the charges around the oxygen.

The lone pair of electrons pushes the bonded electrons together, decreasing the size of the angle.

Answered by  | 4th Jun, 2014, 03:23: PM