Bent or Angular?

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Amy Xiao 1I
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Bent or Angular?

Postby Amy Xiao 1I » Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:54 pm

Is bent or angular the best term to use to describe a trigonal planar/tetrahedral with one lone pair? VSEPR charts online use the term "bent," but the textbook calls them "angular".

Jamie Lee 1F
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Re: Bent or Angular?

Postby Jamie Lee 1F » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:00 pm

Technically they are the same thing so I don't think it matters, you would most likely get a problem correct with either name. Lavelle used bent in his lecture though.

Dan M -3E
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Re: Bent or Angular?

Postby Dan M -3E » Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:16 pm

I don't think it matters cuz its clear what you mean by both.

Amanda Mei 1B
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Re: Bent or Angular?

Postby Amanda Mei 1B » Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:19 pm

Both are correct but Lavelle uses "bent".

Eugene Chung 3F
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Re: Bent or Angular?

Postby Eugene Chung 3F » Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:20 pm

Bent and angular are use synonymously

jvera4b
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Re: Bent or Angular?

Postby jvera4b » Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:33 pm

The terms are interchangeable since they mean the same thing, just know what they are and you should be fine.

Jesalynne 2F
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Re: Bent or Angular?

Postby Jesalynne 2F » Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:44 pm

The two terms are synonymous, so you can use either one. :)

Donavin Collins 1F
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Re: Bent or Angular?

Postby Donavin Collins 1F » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:03 pm

I would use bent since Lavelle uses that term more often.

Jillian C 4C
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Re: Bent or Angular?

Postby Jillian C 4C » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:16 pm

The terms "bent" and "angular" are interchangeable.

005206171
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Re: Bent or Angular?

Postby 005206171 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:35 pm

Both bent and angular refer to the same shape

derinceltik1K
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Re: Bent or Angular?

Postby derinceltik1K » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:43 pm

They both refer to the same thing. It doesn't matter which one you use.

Lauren Stack 1C
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Re: Bent or Angular?

Postby Lauren Stack 1C » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:47 pm

Bent and angular represent the same shape, so you should be able to use them interchangeably. I believe both are accepted on exams.

Kaitlynn Tran 3F
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Re: Bent or Angular?

Postby Kaitlynn Tran 3F » Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:37 pm

As long as you say either name and know that the bond angle is less than 120, you should be fine!

Ashley Osorio
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Re: Bent or Angular?

Postby Ashley Osorio » Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:47 am

All the same.

Alan Cornejo 1a
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Re: Bent or Angular?

Postby Alan Cornejo 1a » Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:41 pm

Jamie Lee 1D wrote:Technically they are the same thing so I don't think it matters, you would most likely get a problem correct with either name. Lavelle used bent in his lecture though.


Both terms usually refer to the same thing, correct.

Mai V 4L
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Re: Bent or Angular?

Postby Mai V 4L » Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:17 am

Does anyone have a video they think is a good reference for this topic?

Muskaan Abdul-Sattar
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Re: Bent or Angular?

Postby Muskaan Abdul-Sattar » Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:07 pm

I believe they can be used interchangeably.

Ria Nawathe 2B
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Re: Bent or Angular?

Postby Ria Nawathe 2B » Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:04 pm

I believe angular is 2 atoms bonded to the central atom with 1 lone pair, and bent is 2 atoms bonded to the central atom with 2 lone pairs.

Peter DePaul 3C
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Re: Bent or Angular?

Postby Peter DePaul 3C » Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:10 pm

I'm pretty sure bent and angular can be used interchangeably


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