# Why is the Sulphur Dioxide molecule polar? [closed]

I am in 12th standard and was revising the concept of determining which polyatomic molecule can be polar and which can be non polar. So when this example was given we were told that vertical dipole moment will not be cancelled out. But isn't it possible that it can be cancelled out? is there any other molecule which has a shape like $$\ce{SO_2}$$ i.e. the central atom is $$sp^2$$ hybridised and has one lone pair, and is non polar? Also where is the net dipole moment in $$\ce{SO_2}$$, upwards or downwards and why?

• You are confusing two different (though related) concepts. Being polar is not the same as having dipole moment. CO2 has none, but still is pretty polar. – Ivan Neretin Dec 20 '19 at 5:24