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    Which diagram is the correct one?

    Is there only 1 dotted line showing attraction to lone pair or two?
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    (Original post by Tynos)
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    I would say the first one if you included a LP of e-s just to be safe.

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    For the second image maybe this picture on Wikipedia will help show you why both H atoms will not go to the same Oxygen atom (Well that it how I learnt it at as )

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    The first diagram is correct. The water molecules want to minimise their overall energy by forming as many hydrogen bonds as possible. This means it's one H-bond per H or lone pair allowing each water molecule to form 4 hydrogen bonds.
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    Ahh, thank you guys.
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    (Original post by Tynos)
    Ahh, thank you guys.
    If the second diagram were the case, then geometry dictates the hydrogen bond would have to be the same length as the H-O covalent bond, which we know is not the case.
 
 
 
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