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1: Review- VSEPR Theory

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    • 1.1: VSPER Theory - Predicting Molecular Geometries
    • 1.2: VSEPR Theory - The Five Basic Shapes
      The Lewis electron-pair approach described previously can be used to predict the number and types of bonds between the atoms in a substance, and it indicates which atoms have lone pairs of electrons. This approach gives no information about the actual arrangement of atoms in space, however.
    • 1.3: VSPER Theory- The Effect of Lone Pairs
      The VSEPR model can predict the structure of nearly any molecule or polyatomic ion in which the central atom is a nonmetal, as well as the structures of many molecules and polyatomic ions with a central metal atom. The VSEPR model is not a theory; it does not attempt to explain observations. Instead, it is a counting procedure that accurately predicts the three-dimensional structures of a large number of compounds, which cannot be predicted using the Lewis electron-pair approach.


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