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Seesaw vs Tetrahedral Bipyramidal

Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:20 am
by Sarah Fatkin 4I
Hi Chemistry Community!

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

Re: Seesaw vs Tetrahedral Bipyramidal

Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:35 am
by Henry_Phan_4L
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.

Re: Seesaw vs Tetrahedral Bipyramidal

Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:22 pm
by Kevin ODonnell 2B
This should help distinguish between all of the shapes. I often find it's easier to see a visual for these kinds of problems.