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Why does a lone pair of electrons push away bonds more than a typical atom. For example, "120 degrees" vs "less than 120 degrees"
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Lone pairs have higher electron - electron repulsion and thus they take up more space than atoms, pushing the surrounding atoms closer together and lowing their bonding angle.
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Yes, since lone pairs are concentrated closer to the central atom than bonding pairs.
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lone pairs each have a negative charge, and they also have to respond to the charges of the atoms, making them push in the directions that they do push in. Think of it as a bunch of magnets of identical charges.
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