ClO2+ Chapter 4 Homework Problem 5

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ClO2+ Chapter 4 Homework Problem 5

Postby Megan Phan 1K » Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:59 am

Should the shape for ClO3+ really be trigonal bipyramidal? There's two bonding pairs and 1 nonbonding pair, AX2E1. Shouldn't it be bent? I searched for reasoning but it doesn't make sense to me...

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Re: ClO2+ Chapter 4 Homework Problem 5

Postby John Miller-1I » Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:19 pm

You are right, CLO2+ has a bent shape with a OCLO bond angle of <120 degrees. The answer in the book says the molecule has an "angular" shape which is another word for bent. There's no mention of trigonal bipyramidal that I can see, do you mind explaining where you saw that? The molecular geometry is trigonal planar, which makes sense because O-CL-O will form a triangular shape, so maybe that's what you were seeing?


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