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Bond Angles

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:29 am
by swendy1A
For 2E.7 (7th edition), we are asked to find how many different bond angles there are in SOCl2. The answer says there are no different bonds but there is a lone pair present for the central atom, C, so shouldn't there be slightly less than bond angles present?

Re: Bond Angles

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:55 am
by Mikka Hoffman 1C
I think what the textbook means is that all of the bond angles in SOCl2 are identical, so they all have the same bond angle.

Re: Bond Angles

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:05 am
by EllerySchlingmann1E
That's right, the textbook is simply saying that both SOCl angles are the same because they have symmetrical shape within the molecule. You are also correct in thinking about the lone pair creating a smaller bond angle for the bound atoms, it's just that that was not what the textbook was asking.

Re: Bond Angles

Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:06 am
by Bingcui Guo
I think the answer means that all the angles of this compound is the same, cuz the two Cl atoms are the same.