(Polar molecules, Non-polar molecules, etc.)
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I think the general rule is that there is less crowding in equatorial bonds rather than axial ones, so atoms will tend towards equatorial first, but I'm not sure and he will probably cover it in lecture at some point. Hope this helps!
The way I learned how to look at it was first to look at the 3D diagrams for all the basic shapes (tetrahedral, octahedral, etc). Once you see these, you can have a basic idea of where atoms will go and that can be used for all the variations like bent or trigonal pyramidal. Having the mental picture will help with visualization.
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