Lone vs. Bonding Pair

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Lone vs. Bonding Pair

Postby JohnWalkiewicz2J » Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:44 pm

Can someone explain to me why lone pairs around the central atom have more repulsion than bonded pairs? Thnx! : )

JonathanS 1H
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Re: Lone vs. Bonding Pair

Postby JonathanS 1H » Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:47 pm

Lone pairs are not bound to another atom, so the repulsion forces are not weakened by protons in another atom.

Althea Zhao 1B
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Re: Lone vs. Bonding Pair

Postby Althea Zhao 1B » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:01 pm

Lone pairs take up more space - they push away other atoms.

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Re: Lone vs. Bonding Pair

Postby J Medina 2I » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:04 pm

Lone pairs take up more space making the rest of the bonds move away in order to lower repulsion.

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Re: Lone vs. Bonding Pair

Postby Grecia Velasco 4D » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:04 pm

Lone pairs take up more space than bonded pairs.

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Re: Lone vs. Bonding Pair

Postby Anna Heckler 2C » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:12 pm

Lone pairs occupy more space than a bonded pair of electrons, therefore causing greater repulsion from other bonded pairs.

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Re: Lone vs. Bonding Pair

Postby Jordan Ziegler 2J » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:15 pm

Lone pairs also exist closer to other bonds in the molecule; they aren’t pulled away from the central atom by another electronegative atom. Therefore, they will have more repulsion than a bond.


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