Bent vs Angular

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Summer de Vera 2C
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Bent vs Angular

Postby Summer de Vera 2C » Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:02 pm

Hi! Are "bent" and "angular" synonymous for the same shape? Because in Topic 2E 7th Ed, I was doing some problems where I had to determine the shape of the molecule and was using a VSEPR chart online to help me, but the names from the answers vs chart were different even though the VSEPR formulas were the same.

Kim Tran 1J
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Re: Bent vs Angular

Postby Kim Tran 1J » Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:09 pm

Bent and angular are synonyms and are used interchangeably to refer to the same types of structure.

Carissa Young 1K
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Re: Bent vs Angular

Postby Carissa Young 1K » Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:16 pm

They are synonymous, our TA said if you write either one it will be counted correct although they are using the term angular for the most part.

Sameen Mahmood 3D
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Re: Bent vs Angular

Postby Sameen Mahmood 3D » Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:54 pm

I disagree with the previous post, they are synonyms but I've only seen bent in the lectures/discussions/homework so I'd just use bent for consistency. It's simpler to remember bent as opposed to "angular" anyway, it seems more accurate to the shape we're talking about.

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