(Polar molecules, Non-polar molecules, etc.)
9 posts • Page 1 of 1
So I understand that in drawing VSEPR diagrams (or even just a 2D representation with Lewis structures) we use the wedges to represent distance from the central atom. For my question, I was confused on which type of wedge indicated a further distance: the completely shaded or the hatched wedges?
If you imagine a methane molecule (CH4) molecule drawn on the white board with the shaded and hatched triangles showing the VSEPR shape, the shaded triangle shows a Hydrogen atom that is coming out from the white board toward you. The hatched triangle shows a Hydrogen atom protruding behind the white board away from you.
The shaded and hatched wedges are just there to help distinguish that the bonds are existing in three dimensions. A shaded wedge indicates that the bond is coming out of the plane while a hatched wedge indicates that the wedge is extending back into the plane.
The completely dark wedge represents the atom coming towards you, and the dashed wedge represents the atom going away. I’m not quite sure why, but I also don’t think it matters that much as long as you know that they are on a diferent plane.
Who is online
Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests