Bond angles of H3O+

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Madelyn Cearlock
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Bond angles of H3O+

Postby Madelyn Cearlock » Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:23 pm

Can someone please help me determine the bond angles at the central atom of the hydronium ion, H3O+? Thank you.

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Re: Bond angles of H3O+

Postby Reva Kakaria 1J » Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:27 pm

Since H3O+ has a lone pair and three bonds, I think the bond angles would be <109.5 degrees, since the electron densities are tetrahedral, but a lone pair is more diffuse than a bond so it pushes the covalent bonds closer together.

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Re: Bond angles of H3O+

Postby tierra parker 1J » Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:03 pm

the orientation would be in a tetrahedral shape and the angle would be less than 109.5


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