Molecular Shapes of Molecules with Radicals

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Ariel Davydov 1C
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Molecular Shapes of Molecules with Radicals

Postby Ariel Davydov 1C » Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:00 pm

How would we treat a molecule with a radical in regards to determining its VSEPR shape? For example, in part B of question 2E.5, the molecule OClO has an uneven number of electrons. Would you treat that one additional electron as another shell of electron density?

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Re: Molecular Shapes of Molecules with Radicals

Postby KNguyen_1I » Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:07 pm

Yes, we consider the single electron as a spot of electron density. However, the bond angles would be a little skewed because the single electron in the orbital demands less space and there are less e to e repulsion. So while the shape should stay the same, the bond angles would be different than standard models.


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