# What are the different shapes of molecules?

## What are the different shapes of molecules?

Molecular Geometries. The VSEPR theory describes five main shapes of simple molecules: linear, trigonal planar, tetrahedral, trigonal bipyramidal, and octahedral.

## What are the 4 shapes of molecules?

The five ideal shapes are: linear, trigonal planar, tetrahedral, trigonal bipyramidal and octahedral. One important point to note about molecular shape is that all diatomic (compounds with two atoms) compounds are linear.

How do you explain the shape of a molecule?

The shape of a molecule is determined by the number of electron pairs in its outside shell and whether these electron pairs are bonding or non-bonding. The Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion (VSEPR) theory is used to explain this. Think only about the central atom of a molecule eg the C of CH4.

### Do all molecules have the same shape?

3. Molecules have size and shape. Atoms bond together to form molecules that have different sizes and shapes. All water molecules have the same shape because the bonds between the hydrogen atoms and the oxygen atom are more or less the same angle.

### How do you predict shapes of molecules?

To predict the shape of a molecule:

1. Write the Lewis dot structure for the molecule.
2. Determine the steric number of the central atom.
3. Decide on the electron pair orientation based on the steric number.
4. Consider the placement of lone pairs and any distortions from “regular” shapes.

What is the shape of water chemistry?

tetrahedral shape
Water has 4 regions of electron density around the central oxygen atom (2 bonds and 2 lone pairs). These are arranged in a tetrahedral shape. The resulting molecular shape is bent with an H-O-H angle of 104.5°.

## Why do molecules have shape?

The shape of a molecule is determined by the fact that covalent bonds, which are composed of shared negatively charged electrons, tend to repel one another. This concept is called the valence shell electron pair repulsion (VSEPR) theory.

## Is a molecule smaller than an atom?

Molecules make up everything around us and they are very, very small. But those molecules are made of atoms, which are even smaller. And then those atoms are made up of protons, neutrons and electrons, which are even smaller. We also hear how scientists’ love for glass tubes aided in the discovery of electrons.

How is the shape of a molecule defined?

If the electron pairs are all bonding, then the shape is TETRAHEDRAL with a bond angle of 109 o28′. If one of the electron pairs is non-bonding, then the shape (defined by the positions of the atoms rather than where the electron pairs are pointing) is known as PYRAMIDAL.

### How can you predict the shape of a molecule?

The shape of the molecule and therefore its bond angles can be predicted by working out how many electron pairs surround the central atom and applying these principles. The table below summarizes the main shapes you need to know for the exam.

### Why do molecules form in the valence shell?

The shapes molecules form is all to do with Valence shell electron pair repulsion theory (VSEPR). Which sounds complicated but the general rule is that all the pairs will repel each other so that all electron pairs will spread out in all three dimensions so as to get as far away as possible.

What do the bond angles of water molecules mean?

If two of the electron pairs are non-bonding, then the shape is known as BENT (or ANGULAR or DIHEDRAL). The bond angles are approximately 104.5 o for water. The even-greater reduction from the tetrahedral angle is because of the extra repulsion of two non-bonding electron pairs.