Lecture 29: The Shapes of Molecules: VSEPR Theory

author: Catherine L. Drennan, Department of Chemistry, Center for Future Civic Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
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I. Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion (VSEPR) Theory

A. Prediction of geometry

B. Nomenclature


A. Steric Number (SN)

B. Resonance structures

C. Molecules without lone pairs

D. Molecules with lone pairs

1. Attractive forces exerted by nuclei

2. Repulsive forces

III. Rationalization of shapes based on VSEPR theory

A. Atomic size

B. Bond lengths

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