Lone Pairs and H2O

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Rebecca Cheung 1E
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Lone Pairs and H2O

Postby Rebecca Cheung 1E » Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:28 pm

Can someone help clarify why the shape of H2O is not linear but bent? Thanks in advance.

Camille Ng 1D
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Re: Lone Pairs and H2O

Postby Camille Ng 1D » Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:04 pm

It's bent and not linear because of the two lone pairs that push down onto the h atoms, creating a bent shape.

Lily Sperling 1E
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Re: Lone Pairs and H2O

Postby Lily Sperling 1E » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:00 pm

The unshared electron pair on the oxygen occupies a larger volume than the shared pairs, pushing down on the entire atom - because of the electrons pushing down, the hydrogen atoms are in a different plane than the oxygen atom.


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