Chemistry: The Molecular Science (5th Edition)

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1285199049
ISBN 13: 978-1-28519-904-7

Chapter 7 - Molecular Structures - Questions for Review and Thought - Review Questions - Page 325a: 2


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The electron geometry includes the presence of lone pairs. With water, which has two lone pairs and two bonded atoms to the central atom, the electron geometry is tetrahedral. Contrarily, the molecular geometry looks to describe just the atoms, or, in other words, shows the effect of the lone pairs. Thus, the molecular geometry of water is bent.
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