Properties of Water

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What is the primary reason why water molecules are polar?

Because oxygen is more electronegative than hydrogen

What is the term for the attraction between water molecules and other polar compounds?

Adhesion

What is the result of the high surface tension of water?

Water molecules are resistant to being stretched or broken at the surface

What is the process by which water molecules are transported up roots and against gravity?

Capillary action

Why does water expand upon freezing?

Because the crystalline structure of ice is less dense than liquid water

What is the term for the 'stickiness' of water molecules?

Cohesion

Explore the unique properties of water, including its polar covalent bonds, hydrogen bonding, and resulting characteristics such as cohesion, adhesion, and high surface tension. Learn how these properties make water an essential component of life.

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