Repulsion Strength

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Max Hayama 4K
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Repulsion Strength

Postby Max Hayama 4K » Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:01 am

Why is it that lone pair repulsion is greater than bonding pair repulsion?

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Re: Repulsion Strength

Postby AdityaGuru1H » Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:13 am

This is because the two electrons in the lone pair are held closer together to the single atom compared to a bonding pair which is split between two atoms. Since the lone pair is closer to the central atom they will have more repulsion

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Re: Repulsion Strength

Postby annabel 2A » Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:14 am

A lone pair is also more delocalized than a bonding pair, so it will have greater ability to move around and repel other electrons.

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