Chemistry (12th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0132525763
ISBN 13: 978-0-13252-576-3

Chapter 8 - Covalent Bonding - 8 Assessment: 84

Answer

According to the VSEPR theory, a molecule with two bonding pairs and two non bonding pairs will produce a bent structure in order to minimize the repulsion between the electrons. VSEPR theory predicts four bonding pairs of electrons and zero nonbonding pairs of electrons will produce a tetrahedral structure. Three bonding pairs and one nonbonding pair will produce a pyramidal structure according to VSEPR theory.

Work Step by Step

According to the VSEPR theory, a molecule with two bonding pairs and two non bonding pairs will produce a bent structure in order to minimize the repulsion between the electrons. VSEPR theory predicts four bonding pairs of electrons and zero nonbonding pairs of electrons will produce a tetrahedral structure. Three bonding pairs and one nonbonding pair will produce a pyramidal structure according to VSEPR theory.
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