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Homework Help Chapter 4 #5

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:03 am
by Nadeen 3D
(a) What is the shape of the ClO2 + ion? (b) What is the expected OClO bond angle?

When I tried solving this problem, the molecular shape was bent(well the way I drew it), but why was the answer trigonal planar?

Re: Homework Help Chapter 4 #5

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:10 am
by 2c_britneyly
Maybe there's a typo in the answer key/version you have? I have the 7th ed. and it says the answer is bent.

Re: Homework Help Chapter 4 #5

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:42 am
by Carlos Gomez 3H
The way I answered the problem was that the shape of ClO2 + ion is angular but the electron arrangment is trigonal planar because there is a lone pair on the central atom Cl and this lone pair would make the bond angle slightly less than 120 degrees.