Shape of CH2 (2-)

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Tatiana 4B
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Shape of CH2 (2-)

Postby Tatiana 4B » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:43 pm

Why is the shape of CH2 (2-) bent and not linear?

Hanniel U 2B
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Re: Shape of CH2 (2-)

Postby Hanniel U 2B » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:54 pm

Because the electron domain of the central atom is 4 and not 2. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

Fionna Shue 4L
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Re: Shape of CH2 (2-)

Postby Fionna Shue 4L » Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:51 pm

The central atom, C, has four regions of electron density- two bonding pairs and two lone pairs. This makes a bent shape- similar to the H2O example that Dr. Lavelle went over in class.

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