Knowing VESPR for final

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Joanna Huang
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Knowing VESPR for final

Postby Joanna Huang » Sun Nov 29, 2020 5:50 pm

Hi, I was wondering, to what extent do we have to memorize the different names for the VESPR models for the final? I know the basics, but there are so many combinations with lone pairs. Do we have to know all of them?

dana hu 1B
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Re: Knowing VESPR for final

Postby dana hu 1B » Sun Nov 29, 2020 6:07 pm

I would say be familiar with all the possible molecular shapes. Just base on textbook problems, there is a high possibility the final will ask beyond the basics.

Jason_Glass_2L
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Re: Knowing VESPR for final

Postby Jason_Glass_2L » Sun Nov 29, 2020 6:10 pm

I would try and memorize all of them because it seems like any of them are likely to show up for the exam. If you can't memorize all of them, I would try and memorize the lower bond pair shapes as they are more likely to show up because they are more common.

AndrewNguyen_2H
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Re: Knowing VESPR for final

Postby AndrewNguyen_2H » Sun Nov 29, 2020 6:15 pm

I"m sure you have to memorize them all. Try flash cards.

Arnav Saud 2C
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Re: Knowing VESPR for final

Postby Arnav Saud 2C » Sun Nov 29, 2020 6:16 pm

You should try to memorize all of them with a greater focus on the more common ones because generally if you know all the common ones, you can cross those out in a multiple choice test. Then you can try to recognize them based on their names because a lot of the VSEPR structures are quite recognizable based solely on name.

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Re: Knowing VESPR for final

Postby David Jen 1J » Sun Nov 29, 2020 6:16 pm

I'm pretty sure we need to memorize all the ones Prof. Lavelle goes over.


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