Lone Pair Repulsion

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Chloe Blume 1F
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Lone Pair Repulsion

Postby Chloe Blume 1F » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:32 am

Why do lone pairs have higher repulsion in a VSPER model?

Wenjie Dong 2E
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Re: Lone Pair Repulsion

Postby Wenjie Dong 2E » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:39 am

Electrons are less stable in long pairs and thus have higher energy. Higher energy causes higher repulsion.

Sandhya Rajkumar 1C
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Re: Lone Pair Repulsion

Postby Sandhya Rajkumar 1C » Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:52 pm

An electron cloud of a lone pair can take up more space than an electron cloud of a bonding pair because it's less restrained because it's held in place by only 1 atom, not 2. This leads to greater repulsion.


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