Equatorial/ Axial Planes

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Equatorial/ Axial Planes

Postby Carolina Gomez 2G » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:13 pm

How do we determine when an atom in a molecule is on the axial or equatorial plane?

Alex Benson
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Re: Equatorial/ Axial Planes

Postby Alex Benson » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:15 pm

Axial bonds tend to go up and down and equatorial remain on the same horizontal plane!

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Re: Equatorial/ Axial Planes

Postby Sondia Luong 1C » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:22 pm

Atoms are on the equatorial plane if they are arranged around the central atom while atoms separated from each other and that are only attached to atoms around the central ones are axial. It's a bit confusing to understand through a worded explanation, but sapling #5 has a visual that explains the concept pretty well!

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Re: Equatorial/ Axial Planes

Postby Alan Huang 1E » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:47 pm

I think the Sapling explained it very well. It's similar to the Earth with equator and its axes.

Atoms will be on the equatorial plane if they are on the sides of the molecule surrounding it and they will be on the axial planes if they are above or below I suppose.

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Re: Equatorial/ Axial Planes

Postby Izamary Marquez 2H » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:50 pm

In addition to this, if a molecule is rooted, would the axial and equatorial planes be the same? In other words, are the axes consistent or are they always with regards to the vertical and horizontal planes?

Karen Elrayes 1L
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Re: Equatorial/ Axial Planes

Postby Karen Elrayes 1L » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:52 pm

Equatorial is kind of like the equator of the earth so it would help you visualize that they are the bonds on the horizal planes and axial are like the axis of the earth

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Re: Equatorial/ Axial Planes

Postby nayha a 1E » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:54 pm

Equatorial atoms go horizontal on the same plane as the central atom. Think of it like Earth's equator. Axial atoms are above or below the central atom.

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Re: Equatorial/ Axial Planes

Postby Diana Aguilar 3H » Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:06 pm

Equatorial atoms positioned horizontally on the same plane as the central atom and surround it you could say, while axial atoms are vertical which would be above and below the central atom.

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Re: Equatorial/ Axial Planes

Postby Mary Shih 3J » Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:27 pm

axial is up and down (north or south) so similar to the poles on the earth. Equatorial is horizontal plane similar to the equator on the earth.

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Re: Equatorial/ Axial Planes

Postby Alejandro Gonzalez 2G » Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:38 pm

I like to think of it as axial being up and down (sort of like an x and y-axis) while equatorial is a horizontal plane (like the Earth's equator).

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Re: Equatorial/ Axial Planes

Postby Andy Hernandez » Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:42 pm

Equitorial planes are basically side to side while axial is up and down. so like in an xy graph, y is axial, and x is equitorial

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Re: Equatorial/ Axial Planes

Postby joshtully » Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:43 pm

Equatorial planes are horizontal (like the Earth's equator) and axial planes are vertical (like the Earth's axis).

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Re: Equatorial/ Axial Planes

Postby Mari Williams 1K » Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:53 am

Think equator and axis! Equatorial planes go horizontal, and axial planes are vertical.

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Re: Equatorial/ Axial Planes

Postby Ria Nawathe 1C » Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:57 am

You would place a lone pair on the equatorial vs axial plane based on which position would limit the number of 90 degree interactions with the other atoms in the molecule, since these interactions are unfavorable.

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Re: Equatorial/ Axial Planes

Postby Katie Nye 2F » Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:25 pm

The atoms bonded to the central atom should be as far away from each other as possible because of repulsion. I think that is the greatest determining factor as to what shape the molecule is and then you can see which atoms are equatorial and which are axial.


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