This electrostatic potential cairt shaws hou the oxygen atom haes a mair negative charge (reid) nor the positive (blue) hydrogen atoms o a watter molecule .

Electronegativity, seembol χ, is a chemical property that describes the tendency o an atom or a functional group tae attract electrons (or electron density) towards itsel.[1]


  1. IUPAC, Compendium o Chemical Terminology, 2nt ed. (the "Gold Book") (1997). Online corrected version:  (2006–) "Electronegativity".