(Polar molecules, Non-polar molecules, etc.)
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Is there a conceptual way of how you can determine the molecular geometric shape of a molecule or do we just have to memorize the amount of bonding and lone pairs of different molecular geometric shapes and assign the shape that way?
You could memorize, the 5 "parent" shapes (linear, trigonal pyramidal, tetrahedral, trigonal bipyramidal, octahedral), and then intuitively reason where the lone pairs would go in each arrangement, which will lead you to the final molecular shape.
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