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Lone Pairs

Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:47 pm
by Nikita Patra 3J
For species that have lone pairs, can their molecular geometry only be v-shaped or trigonal pyramidal?

Re: Lone Pairs

Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:51 pm
by Goyama_2A
No, depending on the bonds and number of lone pairs that are also arranged about the central atom, a molecule with lone pairs can hold a wide variety of molecular shapes.

Re: Lone Pairs

Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 1:08 pm
by Kassidy Ford 1I
u can think of lone pairs as another region of electron density, so it will effect the shape as if there was another bonding pair

Re: Lone Pairs

Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:43 pm
by chari_maya 3B
Why are lone pairs important in identifying shape when only the position of atoms are considered when naming the shape?

Re: Lone Pairs

Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:54 pm
by chari_maya 3B
Also, how can you predict whether a lone pair will be axial or equatorial?

Re: Lone Pairs

Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:31 pm
by Abigail_Hagen2G
Lone pairs are regions of electron density, so it does need to be taken into consideration. Like an atom with two attached atoms and no lone pairs will be linear, but if a lone pair was added, it would become bent.