T_shaped Molecules

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Tim Foster 2A
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T_shaped Molecules

Postby Tim Foster 2A » Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:16 am

What's an example of a t-shaped molecules and how does this shape come to be? What stops the atoms attached to the central atom from getting as far away from each other as possible and forming a trigonal planar shape?

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Re: T_shaped Molecules

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:20 pm

Lone pairs prefer the equatorial position because if you put them equatorial you have only 2 lone pair bonding pair angles whereas if you put them axial you have 6 lone pair bonding pair angles. You always want to minimize the number of lone pair bonding pair angles.

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Re: T_shaped Molecules

Postby Harrison Wang 1H » Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:05 pm

An example of a T-shaped molecule would be BF3 or ClF3.

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