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Water Molecule

Colorless, odorless and tasteless, water is one of the most important elements for all known life forms. About 70% of the human body’s weight is composed of this molecule. It can be obtained by ingestion of liquids, food or by the combustion of food, as this reaction releases: water, carbon dioxide and energy. In nature, water can be obtained by a chemical reaction that occurs in a spontaneous and slow process.

This is the reaction for obtaining water in the vapor state:

H 2(g) + ½ O2(g) <=> H2O(v) – energy released in the reaction is 241,2kJ/mol – ∆H = -241,2kJ/mol

if the water is obtained in the liquid state:
H 2(g) + ½ O2(g) <=> H2O(l) – energy released in the reaction is 285,8kJ/mol – ∆H = -285,8kJ/mol

and the water is obtained in solid form:

H 2(g) + ½ O2(g) <=> H2O(s) – energy released in the reaction is 291,8kJ/mol – ∆H = -291,8kJ/mol

The water molecule is composed of one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms:


Oxygen atom

Symbol ‘O’ this element is found in the family 16 or VIA of the periodic table, has atomic number 8, with 8 electrons, 8 neutrons and 8 protons and atomic mass 16U, its electrons are distributed in 2 -camadas levels K and L 2 electrons in the K layer and 6 electrons in the L-tier layer of Valencia-, it is a non-metal. Its features in its molecular form and O2 at room temperature: it is a colorless, tasteless, odorless, oxidizer, and fuel is not slightly soluble in water.


Hydrogen atom

most abundant chemical element in the universe, symbol ‘M’ belongs to family Family-1 or IA of the alkali metals, is present in this family by one electron in VALENCIA- layer, even if very abundant, naturally exists in small amounts in its molecular form.

It features 1 proton in its nucleus and one electron in its single level -K- has sui generis characteristics, because it is a non-metal. At room temperature is a diatomic gas (this means that it is combined with another hydrogen atom – H2) is flammable, colorless, odorless, tasteless, non-toxic -contudo asfixia-, is non-corrosive -but is highly reativo- and insoluble in water.

This element is considered the foundation of the economy of the future as it is the main fuel of ‘Fuel Cell‘ which is a system that leverages the power released in the combination of hydrogen with oxygen to move cars, for example.

Water Molecule

The water molecule comes from the covalent bond (bond that occurs between ametais where there is sharing -For electrons that atoms estabilizem-) between hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen has one electron in the valence shell -which will stabilize with 2 elétrons-. Oxygen has six electrons in the valence shell-and stabilize 8 elétrons-. Thus the water is made up of atoms that come together in a fixed proportion, it takes two hydrogen atoms to stabilize an oxygen atom. In this process oxygen shares two of its electrons 1 with each hydrogen atom. Following the octet rule, the elements seek to stabilize with 8 electrons in the valence shell, except those that are stabilized with and 2 electrons in the K layer -Hidrgênio and Helium for example-.

Structural formula

H     H

Molecular formula

H2O ou H+OH-

In the covalent chemical bonds in the molecular formula, first put the less electronegative atom, then the most electronegative and completed with the quantity of atoms used to balance the molecule.

The water molecule is angled, this means that the hydrogens attached to oxygen is always forming the same angle is 104.45 °. In this case the oxygen has two orbital filled with non-bonding electrons (in pairs) and a repulsion force between the electrons can cause a drift and allow the bonding electrons (which are not in pairs) to bind to hydrogen atoms forming this angle .

The water molecule is polar (has a positive pole and a negative pole), this means that part of the molecule has a positive partial charge, and part has partial negative charge. The party that has a positive charge has the farthest electrons from the hydrogen atom and the downside is the closest electrons of oxygen because oxygen in this case is more electronegative and exerts a greater attraction for electrons.

H     H
δ+       δ+

Water is a universal solvent, other substances with polar molecules are water soluble, while the apolar are insoluble -for example water and oil, the oil is part of nonpolar molecule therefore does not mix with water. When one wash greasy dishware use a detergent that will engage and emulsify the fat molecule and cause the water interacts with the polar part of the molecule and then drag the dirt.

In our body chemical reactions occur in the presence of water. In preparing a solution such as sodium hydroxide -soda cáustica- use water as solvent. Weigh a mass of solute (sodium hydroxide) and dissolve in water in a beaker, completed to the desired volume to establish a concentration, we can make it more concentrated or more diluted. Recalling that the bases (hydroxides) having in one molecule one or IA family are water soluble cation and two or II family has exceptions as in the case of calcium hydroxide (Ca (OH) 2) -quicklime partially hidratada- soluble.

The specific heat of water is 1cal / g ° C

Animation Water Molecule

Water molecule
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Eduardo Stefanelli

Engenheiro por profissão, professor por vocação

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