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Textbooks and online resources teach that it is first necessary to draw the Lewis structure before determining the VSEPR shape. However, there is a quick and easy method to determine VSEPR structures based on octet rules that do not require drawing Lewis structure or using complicated equations. 6 method is primarily target for chemistry students who already have understanding of Lewis structures and are focusing on molecular geometry. The basic idea is that in any Lewis structure, all atoms, whether single, double or triple bonded, require eight valence electrons. Any valence electrons left over will have to be incorporated as lone pairs around the central atom. So all one has to do is count the number of valence electrons in structure, subtract the number of valence electrons involved in bonded atom, eight for all bond atoms, according to octet rule, except for H, which requires two. If there are remaining valence electrons, they must be lone pairs around the central atom, so remaining electrons are divided by two to come up with number of lone pairs. Now determine what structure is by finding structure in VSEPR table that has the correct number of bonding atoms and lone pairs. Consider CO 2, which has 16 valence electrons and two bonding atoms on central C atom. Two atoms bond to the central atom mean that there are 16 VEs associated with those terminal atoms. Means there are no VEs left for lone pairs in central C atom. The structure must be linear since it has two bonding atoms and no lone pairs. Since there are two bonding atoms and no lone pair around the central carbon atom, there must be multiple bonds, either two double bonds or single and triple bond, to conform to the octet rule and correct structure. Likewise, SO 2 has 18 valence electrons and 2 < S - O > bonds around the central atom which require 16 VEs; 18 VEs - 16 VE for bonding leaves two VEs leftover. These two remaining VE form lone pair. So 2 must have one lone pair on the central atom. Two bonding atoms and one lone pair yield bent geometry. The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on traditional territory of Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on Haldimand Tract, land promise to Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.

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Introduction

The Lewis electron - pair approach can be used to predict the number and types of bonds between atoms in substance, and it indicates which atoms have lone pairs of electrons. This approach gives no information about actual arrangement of atoms in space, however. We continue our discussion of structure and bonding by introducing a valence - shell electron - pair repulsion model, which can be used to predict shapes of many molecules and polyatomic ions. Keep in mind, however, that the VSEPR model, like any model, is a limited representation of reality; model provides no information about bond lengths or presence of multiple bonds. 1. Phosphorus has five valence electrons and each chlorine has seven valence electrons, so the Lewis electron structure of PCl 5 is 3. All electron groups are bonding pairs, so the structure is designated as AX 5. There are no lone pair interactions. 4. The molecular geometry of PCl 5 is trigonal bipyramidal, as shown in the figure: molecule has three atoms on the plane in equatorial positions and two atoms above and below the plane in axial positions. Three equatorial positions are separated by 120 from one another, and two axial positions are at 90 to equatorial plane. Axial and equatorial positions are not chemically equivalent, as we will see in our next example. 1. The sulfur atom has six valence electrons and each fluorine has seven valence electrons, so the Lewis electron structure is with expanded valence, This species is an exception to the octet rule. 2. There are five groups around sulfur, four bonding pairs and one lone pair. With five electron groups, lowest energy arrangement is trigonal bipyramid, as shown in Figure: 3. We designate SF 4 as AX 4 E; it has a total of five electron pairs. However, because axial and equatorial positions are not chemically equivalent, where do we place the lone pair? If we place the lone pair in axial position, we have three LP - BP repulsions at 90. If we place it in an equatorial position, we have two 90 LP - BP repulsions at 90. With fewer than 90 LP - BP repulsions, we can predict that a structure with a lone pair of electrons in equatorial position is more stable than one with a lone pair in axial position. We also expect deviation from ideal geometry because the lone pair of electrons occupies more space than the bonding pair. At 90, two electron pairs share a relatively large region of space, which leads to strong repulsive electron - electron interactions. 4. With four nuclei and one lone pair of electrons, molecular structure is based on a trigonal bipyramid with a missing equatorial vertex; it is described as a seesaw. The F axial - SF axial angle is 173 rather than 180 because of the lone pair of electrons in the equatorial plane.


Two Electron Groups

The central atom, carbon, contributes four valence electrons, and each oxygen atom contributes six. Lewis electron structure is 2. Carbon atoms form two double bonds. Each double bond is group, so there are two electron groups around the central atom. Like BeH 2, arrangement that minimizes repulsions places groups 180 apart. 3. Once again, both groups around central atom are bonding pairs, so CO 2 is designated as AX 2. 4. Vsepr only recognizes groups around central atom. Thus, lone pairs of oxygen atoms do not influence molecular geometry. With two bonding pairs on the central atom and no lone pairs, molecular geometry of CO 2 is linear. Figure: structure of {matheq}{CO2}{endmatheq} is shown in Figure:

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VSEPR Theory

Valence shell electron - pair repulsion theory enables us to predict molecular structure, including approximate bond angles around the central atom, of molecule from examination of the number of bonds and lone electron pairs in its Lewis structure. The VSEPR model assumes that electron pairs in valence shell of the central atom will adopt arrangement that minimizes repulsions between these electron pairs by maximizing distance between them. Electrons in valence shell of the central atom form either bonding pairs of electrons, located primarily between bond atoms, or lone pairs. Electrostatic repulsion of these electrons is reduced when various regions of high electron density assume positions as far from each other as possible. Vsepr theory predicts arrangement of electron pairs around each central atom and, usually, correct arrangement of atoms in molecule. We should understand, however, that theory only considers electron - pair repulsions. Other interactions, such as nuclear - nuclear repulsions and nuclear - electron attractions, are also involved in final arrangement that atoms adopt in particular molecular structure. As simple example of VSEPR theory, let us predict the structure of gaseous BeF 2 molecule. Lewis structure of BeF 2 shows only two electron pairs around the central beryllium atom. With two bonds and no lone pair of electrons on the central atom, bonds are as far apart as possible, and electrostatic repulsion between these regions of high electron density is reduced to a minimum when they are on opposite sides of the central atom. The bond angle is 180. Figure 3 illustrates this and other electron - pair geometries that minimize repulsions among regions of high electron density. Two regions of electron density around the central atom in molecule form linear geometry; three regions form trigonal planar geometry; four regions form tetrahedral geometry; five regions form trigonal bipyramidal geometry; and six regions form octahedral geometry.


Two Electron Groups

The central atom, carbon, contributes four valence electrons, and each hydrogen atom has one valence electron, so the full Lewis electron structure is 2. There are four electron groups around central atom. As shown in Figure: repulsions are minimized by placing groups on corners of the tetrahedron with bond angles of 109. 5 3. All electron groups are bonding pairs, so the structure is designated as AX 4. 4. With four bonding pairs, molecular geometry of methane is tetrahedral Figure: 1. In ammonia, central atom, nitrogen, has five valence electrons and each hydrogen donates one valence electron, producing Lewis electron structure 2. There are four electron groups around nitrogen, three bonding pairs and one lone pair. Repulsions are minimized by directing each hydrogen atom and lone pair to corners of the tetrahedron. 3. With three bonding pairs and one lone pair, structure is designated as AX 3 E. This designation has a total of four electron pairs, three X and one E. We expect LP - BP interactions to cause bonding pair angles to deviate significantly from angles of perfect tetrahedron. 4. There are three nuclei and one lone pair, so molecular geometry is trigonal pyramidal. In essence, this is a tetrahedron with vertex missing Figure: However, H - NH bond angles are less than the ideal angle of 109. 5 because of LP - BP repulsions Figure: and Figure: 1. Oxygen has six valence electrons and each hydrogen has one valence electron, producing the Lewis electron structure 3. With two bonding pairs and two lone pairs, structure is designated as AX 2 E 2 with a total of four electron pairs. Due to LP - LP, LP - BP, and BP - BP interactions, we expect significant deviation from idealized tetrahedral angles. 4. With two hydrogen atoms and two lone pairs of electrons, structure has significant lone pair interactions. There are two nuclei on the central atom, so the molecular shape is bent, or V shape, with an H - OH angle that is even less than H - NH angles in NH 3, as we would expect because of the presence of two lone pairs of electrons on the central atom rather than one. This molecular shape is essentially a tetrahedron with two missing vertices.

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Molecular Polarity and Dipole Moment

Thus far, we have used two - dimensional Lewis structures to represent molecules. However, molecular structure is actually three - dimensional, and it is important to be able to describe molecular bonds in terms of their distances, angles, and relative arrangements in space. A Bond angle is the angle between any two bonds that include common Atom, usually measured in degrees. Bond distance is the distance between nuclei of two bond atoms along a straight line joining nuclei. Bond distances are measured on Angstroms or picometers. Predicting Electron - pair Geometry and Molecular Structure: Lone Pairs on Central Atom Predict Electron - pair Geometry and Molecular Structure Of water Molecule. Solution Lewis Structure of H 2 O indicates that there are four regions of high electron density around the oxygen atom: two Lone Pairs and two chemical bonds: We predict that these four regions are arranged in tetrahedral fashion, as indicated In. Thus, Electron - pair Geometry is tetrahedral and the Molecular Structure is bent with an angle slightly less than 109. 5 in fact, bond angle is 104. 5 check your learning hydronium ion, H 3 O +, forms when acids dissolve in water. Predict Electron - pair Geometry and Molecular Structure Of this cation. Predicting Electron - pair Geometry and Molecular Structure: SF 4 Sulfur tetrafluoride, SF 4, is extremely valuable for preparation of fluorine - containing compounds used as herbicides. Predict Electron - pair Geometry and Molecular Structure Of SF 4 Molecule. Solution Lewis Structure of SF 4 indicates five regions of electron density around Sulfur Atom: one Lone pair and four bonding pairs: We expect these five regions to adopt trigonal bipyramidal Electron - pair Geometry. To minimize lone pair repulsions, lone pair occupy one of the equatorial positions. The molecular structure is that of a seesaw. Check Your Learning Predict Electron pair Geometry and Molecular Structure for molecules Of XeF 2. Predicting Electron - pair Geometry and Molecular Structure: XeF 4 Of all noble gases, xenon is the most reactive, frequently reacting with elements such as oxygen and fluorine. Predict Electron - pair Geometry and Molecular Structure Of XeF 4 Molecule. Solution Lewis Structure Of XeF 4 indicates six regions of high Electron density around xenon Atom: two Lone Pairs and four bonds: These six regions adopt octahedral arrangement, which is Electron - pair Geometry. To minimize repulsions, lone pairs should be on opposite sides of Central Atom. The five atoms are all on the same plane and have a square planar molecular structure. Check Your Learning in certain Molecule,s Central Atom has three lone pairs and two bonds. What will Electron pair Geometry and Molecular Structure Be? As discussed previously, polar covalent bonds connect two atoms with differing electricity, leaving one atom with partial positive charge and other atom with partial negative charge, as electrons are pulled toward more electronegative atom. This separation of charges gave rise to the bond dipole moment.


Molecular Structure for Multicenter Molecules

When a molecule or polyatomic ion has only one central atom, molecular structure completely describes the shape of the molecule. Larger molecules do not have a single central atom, but are connected by a chain of interior atoms that each possess local geometry. The way these local structures are oriented with respect to each other also influences molecular shape, but such considerations are largely beyond the scope of this introductory discussion. For our purposes, we will only focus on determining local structures. Predicting Structure in Multicenter Molecules Lewis Structure for simplest amino acid, glycine, H 2 NCH 2 CO 2 H, is shown here. Predict local geometry for nitrogen atom, two carbon atoms, and oxygen atom with hydrogen atom attach: nitrogen - four regions of electron density; tetrahedral carbon - four regions of electron density; tetrahedral carbon three regions of electron density; trigonal planar oxygen four regions of electron density; tetrahedral nitrogen - three bonds, one lone pair; trigonal pyramidal carbon four bonds, no lone pair; tetrahedral carbon three bonds, no lone pair; trigonal planar oxygen two bonds, two lone pairs; bent check Your Learning Another amino acid is alanine, which has Lewis Structure show here. Predict electron - pair geometry and local structure of nitrogen atom, three carbon atoms, and oxygen atom with hydrogen attach: molecular Simulation Using molecular shape simulator allows us to control whether bond angles and / or lone pairs are displayed by checking or unchecking boxes under Options on right. We can also use name checkboxes at bottom - left to display or hide electron pair geometry and / or molecular structure. Build molecule HCN in a simulator based on the following Lewis Structure: click on each bond type or lone pair at right to add that group to the central atom. Once you have a complete molecule, rotate it to examine the predicted molecular structure. What molecular structure is this? Check Your Learning Build more complex molecules in a simulator. Identify electron - group geometry, molecular structure, and bond angles. Then try to find a chemical formula that would match the structure you have draw.


Predicting Electron Pair Geometry and Molecular Structure

The following procedure uses VSEPR theory to determine electron pair geometries and molecular structures: write Lewis Structure of molecule or polyatomic ion. Count number of regions of electron density around central atom. Single, double, or triple bond counts as one region of electron density. Identify Electron - pair Geometry based on the number of regions of electron density: linear, trigonal planar, tetrahedral, trigonal bipyramidal, or octahedral. Use number of lone pairs to determine Molecular Structure. If more than one arrangement of lone pairs and chemical bonds is possible, choose one that will minimize repulsions, remembering that lone pairs occupy more space than multiple bonds, which occupy more space than single bonds. In trigonal bipyramidal arrangements, repulsion is minimized when every lone pair is in an equatorial position. In octahedral arrangement with two lone pairs, repulsion is minimized when lone pairs are on opposite sides of the central atom. The following examples illustrate the use of VSEPR theory to Predict Molecular Structure of molecules or ions that have no lone pairs of electrons. In this case, Molecular Structure is identical to Electron pair Geometry. Next, several examples illustrate the effect of lone pairs of electrons on the molecular structure.


Properties of Polar Molecules

Vsepr theory predicts three - dimensional arrangement of atoms in molecule. It states that valence electrons will assume electron - pair geometry that minimizes repulsions between areas of high electron density. Molecular structure, which refers only to placement of atoms in molecules and not electrons, is equivalent to electron - pair geometry only when there are no lone electron pairs around the central atom. Dipole moment measures separation of charge. For one bond, bond dipole moment is determined by the difference in electronegativity between two atoms. For molecule, overall dipole moment is determined by both individual bond moments and how these dipoles are arranged in molecular structure. Polar molecules interact with electric fields, whereas nonpolar molecules do not.


VSEPR Theory

Valence shell electron - pair repulsion theory enables us to predict molecular structure, including approximate bond angles around the central atom, of molecule from examination of the number of bonds and lone electron pairs in its Lewis structure. The VSEPR model assumes that electron pairs in valence shell of the central atom will adopt arrangement that minimizes repulsions between these electron pairs by maximizing distance between them. Electrons in valence shell of the central atom form either bonding pairs of electrons, located primarily between bond atoms, or lone pairs. Electrostatic repulsion of these electrons is reduced when various regions of high electron density assume positions as far from each other as possible. Vsepr theory predicts arrangement of electron pairs around each central atom and, usually, correct arrangement of atoms in molecule. We should understand, however, that theory only considers electron - pair repulsions. Other interactions, such as nuclear - nuclear repulsions and nuclear - electron attractions, are also involved in final arrangement that atoms adopt in particular molecular structure. As simple example of VSEPR theory, let us predict the structure of gaseous BeF 2 molecule. Lewis structure of BeF 2 shows only two electron pairs around the central beryllium atom. With two bonds and no lone pair of electrons on the central atom, bonds are as far apart as possible, and electrostatic repulsion between these regions of high electron density is reduced to a minimum when they are on opposite sides of the central atom. The bond angle is 180A. Figure 7. 16 illustrate this and other electron - pair geometries that minimize repulsions among regions of high electron density. Two regions of electron density around the central atom in molecule form linear geometry; three regions form trigonal planar geometry; four regions form tetrahedral geometry; five regions form trigonal bipyramidal geometry; and six regions form octahedral geometry.

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Glossary

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AX 6 octahedralAX 5 trigonal bipyramidalAX 4 tetrahedralAX 3 trigonal planarAX 2 linear
AX 5 E square pyramidalAX 4 E distorted tetrahedronAX 3 E pyramidalAX 2 E nonlinearAXE linear
AX 4 E 2 square planarAX 3 E 2 T-shapedAX 2 E 2 bentAXE 2 linear

The VSEPR model can predict the structure of nearly any molecule or polyatomic ion in which the central atom is nonmetal, as well as structures of many molecules and polyatomic ions with a central metal atom. The premise of VSEPR theory is that electron pairs are located in bonds and lone pairs repel each other and will therefore adopt geometry that places electron pairs as far apart from each other as possible. This theory is very simplistic and does not account for subtleties of orbital interactions that influence molecular shapes; However, simple VSEPR counting procedure accurately predicts three - dimensional structures of large number of compounds, which cannot be predicted using the Lewis Electron - pair approach. We can use the VSEPR model to predict geometry of most polyatomic molecules and ions by focusing only on the number of electron pairs around the central atom, ignoring all other valence electrons present. According to this model, valence electrons in the Lewis structure form groups, which may consist of single Bond, double Bond, triple Bond, lone pair of electrons, or even single unpaired Electron, which in the VSEPR model is count as lone pair. Because electrons repel each other electrostatically, most stable arrangement of Electron Groups is one that minimizes repulsions. Groups are positioned around the central atom in a way that produces molecular structure with lowest energy, as illustrated in Figure: Figure: Electron Geometries for Species with Two to Six Electron Groups. Groups are placed around the central atom in a way that produces a molecular structure with lowest energy, that is, one that minimizes repulsions. In the VSEPR model, molecule or polyatomic ion is often given AX m E n designation, where is central atom, X is bonded atom, E is nonbonding valence electron group, and m and n are integers. Each group around central atom is designated as a bonding pair or lone pair. From BP and LP interactions we can predict both relative positions of atoms and Bond angles. Using this information, we can describe molecular geometry, arrangement of bond atoms in molecule or polyatomic ion. We will illustrate use of this procedure with several examples, beginning with atoms with Two Electron Groups. In our discussion we will refer to Figure: and Figure: which summarize Common Molecular Geometries and idealize bond angles of molecules and ions with Two to Six Electron Groups. Figure: Common Molecular Geometries for Species with Two to Six Electron Groups. Lone Pairs are shown using dashed line.


AX 2 E: SO 2

Oxygen has six valence electrons and each hydrogen has one valence electron, producing Lewis electron structure 2. There are four groups around the central oxygen atom, two Bonding pairs and two Lone pairs. Repulsions are minimized by directing bonding pairs and lone pairs to corners of tetrahedron Figure: 3. With two Bonding pairs and two Lone pairs, structure is designated as AX 2 E 2 with a total of four electron pairs. Due to LP - LP, LP - BP, and BP - BP interactions, we expect significant deviation from idealized tetrahedral angles. 4. With two hydrogen atoms and two Lone pairs of Electrons, structure has significant Lone Pair interactions. There are two nuclei on the central atom, SO molecular shape is bent, or V shape, with an H - OH angle that is even less than H - NH angles in NH 3, as we would expect because of the presence of two Lone pairs of electrons on the central atom rather than one. This molecular shape is essentially a tetrahedron with two missing vertices.

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