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How many Vsepr shapes are there?

Last Updated: 21st January, 2020


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Also know, how many molecular shapes are there?


Also Know, what are the 5 basic shapes of molecules? Molecular Geometries. The VSEPR theory describes five main shapes of simple molecules: linear, trigonal planar, tetrahedral, trigonal bipyramidal, and octahedral.

Similarly, what are the 6 basic molecular shapes?

Valence-Shell Electron-Pair Repulsion Theory

Number of electron groups Name of electron group geometry
3 trigonal-planar
4 tetrahedral
5 trigonal-bipyramidal
6 octahedral

How do you identify a Vsepr shape?

  1. VSEPR Rules:
  2. Identify the central atom.
  3. Count its valence electrons.
  4. Add one electron for each bonding atom.
  5. Add or subtract electrons for charge (see Top Tip)
  6. Divide the total of these by 2 to find the total.
  7. number of electron pairs.
  8. Use this number to predict the shape.

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Is water a tetrahedral?

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Is co2 polar or nonpolar?

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How do I calculate bond order?

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How do you find the formal charge?

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What is the shape of water molecule?

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Is co2 linear?

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How do you determine hybridization?

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Is trigonal pyramidal?

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