Bond Angles

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Emily Vainberg 1D
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Bond Angles

Postby Emily Vainberg 1D » Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:38 pm

Are we just suppose to know what bond angles a shape has, or specifically the angle between each of the atoms in the given molecule. For example, SCl4 is a seesaw which has both 120 degree angles and 90 degree angles. Do we need to know where each of these angles are in the molecule.
- also I know for this one it may be easy to tell, but it isn't for all of them

Ellen Amico 2L
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Re: Bond Angles

Postby Ellen Amico 2L » Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:43 pm

You should know where the bond angles are in the structures if there's multiple. For example, in trigonal bipyramidal, you should know the 120 bond angles are between the 3 atoms in the same plane, the 90 degree angles are between the trigonal plane and the atoms above and below, and there's a 180 axial bond angle for the atoms above and below the trigonal plane. Sometimes it can be hard to tell but if you draw it out then it'll be easier to see!

Sanjana Munagala_1j
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Re: Bond Angles

Postby Sanjana Munagala_1j » Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:58 pm

It would also be helpful to know the general bond angles since there might be a question where you have a molecule with lone pairs in which case the bond angles are slightly lower than the normal angles we learn in class. You won't need to know the exact bond angle but just compare it with the common bond angles for the shapes with no lone pairs.
Hope that helps!

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Re: Bond Angles

Postby 305416361 » Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:14 pm

I think we need to know the general bond angles and where they are located, however, for example in a bent structure, where the bond angle is <120, we only have to know that it is <120, not the exact angle for each specific structure.

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