Predicting ditortion

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Predicting ditortion

Postby Ami_Pant_4G » Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:53 pm

What does it mean for the vsepr model to be able to predict the distortion qualitatively but not quantitatively?

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Re: Predicting ditortion

Postby DMuth_1J » Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:56 pm

You can predict that the where the repulsions will occur more, pushing the other bonded atoms away. That lets you know that, qualitatively, there will be a change in the bond angles (of which you can predict of it will be more than or less than the typical, nonpolar bond angle). However, you cannot place a value on that change, which would be the quantitative.

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Re: Predicting ditortion

Postby Natalie Nartz 4F » Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:12 pm

The VSEPR helps you qualitatively estimate bond angles based on the properties of the molecule, however it can not quantitatively give the exact bond angles

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