Equatorial and Axial

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Equatorial and Axial

Postby SophiaBarden 2E » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:59 pm

The sapling provided some help on equatorial vs axial but I still do not understand how we might form a 3D structure of a molecule without knowing beforehand how many atoms are in each plane?

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Re: Equatorial and Axial

Postby AlbertGu_2C » Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:01 pm

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!

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Re: Equatorial and Axial

Postby AdilaAhmed3I » Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:02 pm

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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