(Polar molecules, Non-polar molecules, etc.)
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When we are listing the bond angles on an exam, it is okay to just say it is less than a certain angle or do we have to know the specific bond angle? For example, less than 109 degrees or 104.5 degrees.
I think it depends on what the questions ask for, but at least in high school, as long as our answers were in a certain range, it was fine. However, I still think It's always better to just memorize the exact/approx values just in case.
I think Lavelle wants us to understand that we don't need to memorize the exact value of the bond angle, but rather that it's less than 109.5. In high school, we were required to memorize the exact bond angles, but I believe for now we're supposed to apply our knowledge to understanding the different angles based on if its in a certain range, or in this case, less than 109.5.
I feel like knowing the exact angles won't be necessary. I think what's more important is understanding the concepts behind the difference in angles and how certain structures affect them and their complications on the molecule.
if there is an e- repulsion that causes an angle to be less than 109, you can just write your answer as <109 because Lavelle said we don't need to know the exact angle (104.5) and because we don't know how to calculate it in this class.
I think that for trigonal pyramidal, you just need to remember that the bond angle will be slightly less than 109.5 degrees but the exact measurement varies depending on the molecule. I don't think Lavelle expects us to know the exact bond angles. Hope this helps!
I believe we should know the relationship between bond angles and lone pair electrons on the central atom. We were never taught how to calculate them, so we will not need to know the exact number, just an approximation based on the structure.
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