(Polar molecules, Non-polar molecules, etc.)
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I believe molecular geometry is the shape of a molecule when taking into consideration lone pairs of electrons while the molecular shape is the shape of the molecule when no taking into account the lone pairs.
105342880 wrote:What’s the difference between molecular shape and geometry? We talked a bit about it during discussion but I’m just confused on what extent we need to know for the exam. Thank you!
I think that the molecular geometry is the amount of bonding and lone pairs around the atoms. Molecular shape is the actual shape of the molecule, taking lone pairs into account. For example, the molecular geometry of CH4 and NH3 have the same molecular geometry (tetrahedral), but different molecular shapes.
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