Why is ozone molecule polar?

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Is O3 molecule polar or non-polar? I am confused. If it is molar, could you explain why?
Thinking you.
 

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Ozone has symmetry group C2v. That means that the dipole moment along the C2 axis is non-vanishing in general, while the dipole moments in directions perpendicular to this direction must be 0.
 
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HAYAO
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Oxygen atoms are in different states of oxidation. Their fractional charges are different. Molecular geometry is nonlinear.
Hence, dipolar momentum is non-vanishing.
 

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