Seesaw vs Tetrahedral Bipyramidal

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Sarah Fatkin 4I
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Seesaw vs Tetrahedral Bipyramidal

Postby Sarah Fatkin 4I » Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:20 am

Hi Chemistry Community!

What's the difference between seesaw and tetrahedral bipyramidal molecular shape? Thanks!

Henry_Phan_4L
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Re: Seesaw vs Tetrahedral Bipyramidal

Postby Henry_Phan_4L » Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:35 am

Basically one lone pair takes the place of the atom in the middle trigonal planar arrangement. The name is determined by the atoms, so the electrons do the same thing but aren't considered when naming the molecule.

Kevin ODonnell 2B
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Re: Seesaw vs Tetrahedral Bipyramidal

Postby Kevin ODonnell 2B » Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:22 pm

This should help distinguish between all of the shapes. I often find it's easier to see a visual for these kinds of problems.
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