(Polar molecules, Non-polar molecules, etc.)
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If the lewis structure of a molecule, for example ClO2+, has a lone pair, does it make the shape a trigonal planar or bent? I thought it would be bent, since the lone pair repulsion would make the bond angle slightly less than 120 degrees, but the answer says it should be trigonal planar.
The answer actually is that the shape is angular, which also means bent. However, it goes further to say that it is in a trigonal planar arrangement. I think what it's trying to explain is that its basic geometry is trigonal planar because the central atom consists of 3 regions of electron density. The molecular shape considering the lone pairs would be bent or angular. Hope this helps!
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