4G.5 7th edition

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Samantha Chung 4I
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4G.5 7th edition

Postby Samantha Chung 4I » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:45 am

For ths question, how do I tell the number of possible orientations for degeneracy in both molecules? For a molecule like Ch3Cl that was given in class, I know that it is 4^N, but how do I tell the number of possible orientations for a trigonal bypyramidal structure?

Camille Marangi 2E
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Re: 4G.5 7th edition

Postby Camille Marangi 2E » Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:14 am

The possible orientations just depend on the atoms involved. For example, CH4 is a tetrahedral just like CH3Cl but only has one possible state to be found in and thus its degeneracy is seen as w=1^n. So this logic would follow with a trigonal bipyramidal- if the atoms attached to the central atom are all the same then there is only one possible state.


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