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VSEPR, Molecular Geometry, and Molecular Shape

Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:02 pm
by Rachel Yu 1G
What is the difference between VSEPR, molecular geometry, and molecular shape?

Re: VSEPR, Molecular Geometry, and Molecular Shape

Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:07 pm
by Kelsey Ash 1D
There is no difference. A VSEPR Model is just a way to show molecular geometry and shape

Re: VSEPR, Molecular Geometry, and Molecular Shape

Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:14 pm
by ALegala_2I
The VSEPR model gives you the electron geometry and molecular shape. The electron geometry of a molecule is the naming convention based on the number of electron regions. Molecules with 2 electron regions are linear, 3 electron regions are trigonal planar, 4 electron regions are tetrahedral, 5 electron regions are trigonal bipyramidal, and 6 electron regions are octahedral. Molecular shape is the naming conventions which take the amount of lone pairs and bonding regions into account. For NH3, there are 3 bonds and one lone pair on nitrogen. It has 4 electron regions, but the lone pair makes it a trigonal pyramidal shape.

Re: VSEPR, Molecular Geometry, and Molecular Shape

Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:26 pm
by ariaterango_1A
Electron geometry/ arrangement describes the number of bonding regions. For example: NH3 the electron geometry/ # of bonding regions is 4 or tetrahedral, however since there is one lone pair the shape/molecular geometry would be described as trigonal pyramidal. Hope this helps!

Re: VSEPR, Molecular Geometry, and Molecular Shape

Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:01 pm
by RichBollini4G
ALegala_3I wrote:The VSEPR model gives you the electron geometry and molecular shape. The electron geometry of a molecule is the naming convention based on the number of electron regions. Molecules with 2 electron regions are linear, 3 electron regions are trigonal planar, 4 electron regions are tetrahedral, 5 electron regions are trigonal bipyramidal, and 6 electron regions are octahedral. Molecular shape is the naming conventions which take the amount of lone pairs and bonding regions into account. For NH3, there are 3 bonds and one lone pair on nitrogen. It has 4 electron regions, but the lone pair makes it a trigonal pyramidal shape.

thank you, this was very helpful!