Angular vs. Bent

(Polar molecules, Non-polar molecules, etc.)

Moderators: Chem_Mod, Chem_Admin

Glenda Marshall DIS 3M
Posts: 68
Joined: Sat Sep 27, 2014 3:00 am

Angular vs. Bent

Postby Glenda Marshall DIS 3M » Thu Nov 06, 2014 1:54 pm

I've noticed that the terms "angular" and "bent" seemed to be used synonymously. Is there a difference between the two?

Chem_Mod
Posts: 17947
Joined: Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:53 pm
Has upvoted: 406 times

Re: Angular vs. Bent

Postby Chem_Mod » Thu Nov 06, 2014 4:12 pm

No, there is no difference. You can use either "angular" or "bent" to refer to the molecular shape of AX2E or AX2E2 molecules.

Kitu Komya 1M
Posts: 18
Joined: Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:02 pm

Re: Angular vs. Bent

Postby Kitu Komya 1M » Sat Nov 08, 2014 9:51 pm

Likewise, "see-saw" and "irregular tetrahedron" refer to the same shape (AX4E1).

Breanna Khorrami 4F
Posts: 10
Joined: Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:02 pm

Re: Angular vs. Bent

Postby Breanna Khorrami 4F » Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:08 pm

While for the purposes of our class there is no difference between angular and bent, it is my understanding that bent, because of the 2 lone pairs and the way in which they push down on the central atom, would have a bond angle of 104.5, while angular is slightly less than 109.5.

504410473
Posts: 10
Joined: Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:02 pm

Re: Angular vs. Bent

Postby 504410473 » Thu Dec 11, 2014 5:40 pm

for the test it shouldn't make a difference what you write but usually the answers write bent if that helps

Aiden Atoori 1C
Posts: 67
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:24 am

Re: Angular vs. Bent

Postby Aiden Atoori 1C » Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:54 pm

The names are synonymous, there is no difference. The term "bent" or “angular” can be applied to certain molecules to describe their molecular geometry.

janeane Kim4G
Posts: 31
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:28 am

Re: Angular vs. Bent

Postby janeane Kim4G » Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:35 pm

They’re the same thing

1K Kevin
Posts: 47
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:24 am

Re: Angular vs. Bent

Postby 1K Kevin » Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:06 pm

They can be used in the same context, but specifically I believe bent is for when the general shape is distorted by lone pairs


Return to “Determining Molecular Shape (VSEPR)”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests