(Polar molecules, Non-polar molecules, etc.)
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Could somebody clarify the difference between molecular shape and molecular geometry? In high school, I had learned it as electron geometry & molecular geometry so I would appreciate clarification about the difference. Does molecular shape treat bonds and lone pairs as the same, whereas molecular geometry makes a distinction between the structure if a bonding pair is replaced with a lone pair? Thanks in advance
If there are no lone pairs then the molecular shape is the same as the molecular geometry. In the geometry the arrangement considers a bonded electron pair the same as a lone pair of electrons. The geometry will be either linear, trigonal planar, tetrahedral, trigonal bipyramidal, or octahedral.
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