109.5 degrees

(Polar molecules, Non-polar molecules, etc.)

Michelle Pham_3H
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109.5 degrees

I am a bit confused about where this value came from. Was it just calculated and given to us, or are we able to determine this value ourselves? Thanks in advance!

Vasiliki G Dis1C
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Re: 109.5 degrees

The bond angles have been experimentally determined, and you can use the VSEPR theory/model to coordinate the shape/geometry with the bond angle that has already been determined for that shape. Hope this helps!

Ryan Sydney Beyer 2B
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Re: 109.5 degrees

You can also calculate the exact value of this tetrahedral angle using a cube and it's vertices. The exact value comes out to be

$\arccos (-1/3) = 109.4712206$

I've attached the link below but I think for the purposes of this class, we should know that if there is a central molecule with 4 bonds then the angle is going to be 109.5. If there is a central molecule with 4 regions of electron density and 3 of them are bonds, then the angle will be slightly less than 109.5 and the same for a central molecule with 4 regions of electron density and 2 of them are bonds.

http://www.ctralie.com/Teaching/Tetrahedron/