Shape under increased energy

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Shape under increased energy

Postby Isa AbdulCader 3K » Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:25 pm

Since the shapes (for example, tetrahedral) are in the lowest energy form, where equal electron densities are equally spread apart (at 109.5 degrees), what happens when there is an increase in energy? Can the molecule in a tetrahedral form undergo changes to the angles as energy increases, similarly to how an electron with increased energy can change orbitals and occupy different regions of space?

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Re: Shape under increased energy

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:44 pm

There is most certainly some distortion in the exact conformations due to any number of external influences. However, the molecular geometry would likely remain in the lowest energy conformation (simply because it is the most energetically favorable).

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