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Lewis Structure And Vsepr Theory

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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.

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VSEPR Theory

The premise of VSEPR is the idea that electron pairs & bonds will distribute themselves as far from each other as possible around central atom. Think about a bunch of balloons tied to a single point. That would be a pretty accurate description of approach. While there are quite a few electronic domains and, thus, 3D shapes, we only focus on three shapes in organic chemistry. The linear shape means that all three atoms are making a linear string of 3 atoms in line. Thus, X - AX bond angle is 180. The trigonal planar shape has a central atom in the middle of the molecule, while the rest of groups are making perfect triangle around it. This gives X - AX bond angle of 120. The tetrahedral shape resembles a trigonal pyramid with all sides being perfect triangles. The X - AX bond angle is a little more difficult to calculate, but it is approximately 109. The 5 most important domains for us are going to be AX 3 and AX 4. Those are the two most common shapes seen in organic molecules.

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Electron-pair Geometry versus Molecular Structure

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 in ngstroms or picometers. It is important to note that Electron - pair Geometry around Central Atom is not the same thing as its Molecular Structure. Electron - pair geometries are shown in Figure 7. 16 describes all regions where electrons are locate, bonds as well as Lone Pairs. Molecular Structure describes the location of atoms, not electrons. We differentiate between these two situations by naming Geometry that includes all Electron Pairs Electron - pair Geometry. A structure that includes only placement of atoms in molecule is called Molecular Structure. Electron - pair geometries will be the same as Molecular structures when there are no Lone Electron Pairs around Central Atom, but they will be different when there are Lone Pairs present on Central Atom. For example, methane molecule, CH 4, which is a major component of natural gas, has four bonding pairs of electrons around the Central carbon atom; Electron - pair Geometry is tetrahedral, as is the Molecular Structure. On other hand, ammonia molecule, NH 3, also has four Electron Pairs associated with nitrogen Atom, and thus has tetrahedral Electron - pair Geometry. One of these regions, however, is the Lone pair, which is not included in Molecular Structure, and this Lone pair influences the shape of molecule. As seen in Figure 7. 18, small distortions from ideal angles in Figure 7. 16 can result from differences in repulsion between various regions of electron density. Vsepr theory predicts these distortions by establishing the order of repulsions and order of amount of space occupied by different kinds of Electron Pairs. Order Of Electron - pair repulsions from greatest to least repulsion is: this order of repulsions determines the amount of space occupied by different regions of electrons. Lone pair of electrons occupy larger regions of space than electrons in triple bond; in turn, electrons in triple bond occupy more space than those in double bond, and so on. The order of sizes from largest to smallest is: consider formaldehyde, H 2 CO, which is used as a preservative for biological and anatomical specimens. This molecule has regions of high electron density that consist of two single bonds and one double bond. Basic Geometry is trigonal planar with 120A bond angles, but we see that double bonds cause slightly larger angles, and the angle between single bonds is slightly smaller.


Key Concepts and Summary

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.


Molecular Dipole Moments

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. The magnitude of bond dipole moment is represented by the Greek letter mu and is given by the formula shown here, where Q is magnitude of partial charges and r is distance between charges: This bond moment can be represented as a vector, quantity having both direction and magnitude. Dipole vectors are shown as arrows pointing along bond from less electronegative atom toward more electronegative atom. Small plus sign is draw on less electronegative end to indicate a partially positive end of the bond. The length of arrow is proportional to the magnitude of electronegativity difference between two atoms. The whole molecule may also have separation of charge, depending on its molecular structure and polarity of each of its bonds. If such charge separation exist, molecule is said to be a polar molecule; otherwise molecule is said to be nonpolar. Dipole moment measures extent of net charge separation in molecule as whole. We determine dipole moment by adding bond moments in three - dimensional space, taking into account molecular structure. For diatomic molecules, there is only one bond, so its bond dipole moment determines molecular polarity. Homonuclear diatomic molecules such as Br 2 and N 2 have no difference in electronegativity, so their dipole moment is zero. For heteronuclear molecules such as CO, there is a small dipole moment. For HF, there is a larger dipole moment because there is a larger difference in electricity When a molecule contains more than one bond, geometry must be taken into account. If bonds in molecule are arranged such that their bond moments cancel, then the molecule is nonpolar. This is situation in CO 2. Each of the bonds is polar, but the molecule as a whole is nonpolar. From the Lewis structure, and using VSEPR theory, we determine that the CO 2 molecule is linear with polar C = O bonds on opposite sides of the carbon atom. Bond moments cancel because they are pointed in opposite directions. In the case of water molecule, Lewis structure again shows that there are two bonds to the central atom, and the electronegativity difference again shows that each of these bonds has nonzero bond moment. In this case, however, molecular structure is bent because of lone pairs on O, and two bond moments do not cancel. Therefore, water does have a net dipole moment and is a polar molecule. The Oc molecule has a structure similar to CO 2, but sulfur atom has replaced one of the oxygen atoms.


Molecular Structure for Multicenter Molecules

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:


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 molecular structure.

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Example 4

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 figures: and: in the VSEPR model, molecule or polyatomic ion is given AX m E n designation, where is central atom, X is bond 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 angles between bonds, called bond angles. Using this information, we can describe Molecular Geometry, arrangement of bond atoms in molecule or polyatomic ion. We will illustrate the 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.

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Example 5

Nonbonding electrons are in orbitals that occupy space, repel other orbitals, and change molecules ' shape. So far, we have only discussed geometries without any lone pairs of electrons. As you likely notice in the table of geometries and AXE method, adding lone pairs changes the molecule's shape. We mentioned before that if the central atom also contains one or more pairs of nonbonding electrons, these additional regions of negative charge will behave much like those associated with bond atoms. Orbitals containing various bonding and nonbonding pairs in valence shell will extend out from the central atom in directions that minimize their mutual repulsions. The Coordination number refers to the number of electron pairs that surround an atom, often referred to as central atom. Geometries of molecules with lone pairs will differ from those without lone pairs, because lone pairs look like empty space in molecule. Both classes of Geometry are named after shapes of imaginary geometric figures that would be center on the central atom and have electron pair at each vertex. In water molecule, central atom is O, and the Lewis Electron dot formula predicts that there will be two pairs of nonbonding electrons. Oxygen atoms will therefore be tetrahedrally coordinate, meaning that they sit at the center of the tetrahedron. Two Of coordination positions are occupied by shared Electron - pairs that constitute O - H bonds, and the other two by non - bonding pairs. Therefore, although the oxygen atom is tetrahedrally coordinate, bonding geometry of H 2 O molecule is described as bent. There is an important difference between bonding and non - bonding electron orbitals. Because nonbonding orbital has no atomic nucleus at its far end to draw electron clouds toward it, charge in such an orbital will be concentrated closer to the central atom; As a consequence, nonbonding orbitals exert more repulsion on other orbitals than do bonding orbitals. In H 2 O, two nonbonding - orbitals push bonding orbitals closer together, making H - OH angle 104. 5 instead of the tetrahedral angle of 109. The 5 Electron - dot Structure Of NH 3 places one pair of nonbonding electrons in the valence shell of the nitrogen atom. This means that there are three bond atoms and one lone pair for coordination number of four around nitrogen, same as occurs in H 2 O. We can therefore predict that three hydrogen atoms will lie at corners of the tetrahedron center on nitrogen atom. Lone pair orbital will point toward the fourth corner of the tetrahedron, but since that position will be vacant, NH 3 molecule itself cannot be tetrahedral; instead, it assume pyramidal shape,. More specifically, that of trigonal pyramid. Hydrogen atoms are all on same plane, with nitrogen outside of the plane. Non - bonding electrons push bonding orbitals together slightly, making H - NH bond angles about 107.

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Molecular Polarity and Dipole Moment

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. The magnitude of bond dipole moment is represented by the Greek letter mu and is given by the formula shown here, where Q is magnitude of partial charges and r is distance between charges: This bond moment can be represented as a vector, quantity having both direction and magnitude. Dipole vectors are shown as arrows pointing along bond from less electronegative Atom toward more electronegative Atom. Small plus sign is draw on less electronegative end to indicate a partially positive end of the bond. Length of arrow is proportional to the magnitude of electronegativity difference between two atoms. The whole molecule may also have separation of charge, depending on the Molecular Structure and polarity of each of its bonds. If such charge separation exist, molecule is said to be a polar molecule; otherwise molecule is said to be nonpolar. Dipole moment measures extent of net charge separation in molecule as whole. We determine dipole moments by adding bond moments in Three - dimensional space, taking into account molecular structure. For diatomic molecules, there is only one bond, SO its bond dipole moment determines Molecular Polarity. Homonuclear diatomic molecules such as Br 2 and N 2 have no difference in electronegativity, SO their dipole moment is zero. For heteronuclear molecules such as CO, there is a small dipole moment. For HF, there is a larger dipole moment because there is a larger difference in electricity When molecules contain more than one bond, geometry must be taken into account. If bonds in molecule are arranged such that their bond moments cancel, then the molecule is nonpolar. This is situation in CO 2. Each of the bonds is polar, but the molecule as a whole is nonpolar. From the Lewis Structure, and using VSEPR theory, we determine that the CO 2 Molecule is linear with polar C = O bonds on opposite sides of the carbon atom. Bond moments cancel because they point in opposite directions. In the case of water Molecule, Lewis Structure again shows that there are two bonds to Central Atom, and the electronegativity difference again shows that each of these bonds has nonzero bond moment. In this case, however, molecular structure is bent because of Lone Pairs on O, and two bond moments do not cancel. Therefore, water does have a net dipole moment and is a polar molecule. The OCS molecule has a structure similar to CO 2, but Sulfur Atom has replaced one of the oxygen atoms.

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Key Concepts and Summary

The premise of VSEPR is the idea that electron pairs & bonds will distribute themselves as far from each other as possible around Central Atom. Think about a bunch of balloons tied to a single point. That would be a pretty accurate description of approach. While there are quite a few electronic domains and, thus, 3D shapes, we only focus on three shapes in organic chemistry. The linear shape means that all three atoms are making a linear string of 3 atoms in line. Thus, X - AX Bond angle is 180. The trigonal planar shape has a central atom in the middle of the molecule, while the rest of groups are making perfect triangle around it. This gives X - AX Bond angle of 120. The tetrahedral shape resembles a trigonal pyramid with all sides being perfect triangles. The X - AX Bond angle is a little more difficult to calculate, but it is approximately 109. The 5 most important domains for us are going to be AX 3 and AX 4. Those are the two most common shapes seen in organic molecules. The difference comes when we have spare electron pairs instead of groups sitting around Central Atom. Electron Pairs are invisible for purposes of shape. However, since they are still there, they do influence shape and thus are important to remember. So, how does VSEPR Theory treat this difference? In the Tetrahedral domain, there are four things attached to Central Atom. Those things can be either groups or electron pairs. Depending on how many electron pairs we have, well end up with the following shapes. The Tetrahedral domain is a hallmark of molecules with single bonds. Those are also called saturate, meaning that those molecules cannot add any hydrogens. Well, talk about those addition reactions later on, So do fuss about names for moment when Central Atom is connected to one of the groups by double Bond or has empty P - orbital, we get trigonal planar domain. There are fewer shapes associated with this domain than with Tetrahedral though, SO it makes it easier to remember. The figure above shows only cases with double bonds. Well, discuss examples with empty orbitals later in this course. Structures with empty orbitals are very unstable, so were only going to see those as highly reactive compounds or intermediates in reactions. When you have two groups attached to Central Atom by double bonds, or if you have triple bond, youll have a linear domain. As linear molecules are very simple, there is not much to discuss shape - wise here. They are, well, linear.

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Solutions

Table

BCl 3 ,trigonal planar
2- ,pentagonal planar
+ ,tetrahedral
SF 6 ;octahedral
XeF 4 ;square planar
AsF 5 ;trigonal bipyramidal
Xe(O)F 4 ,square pyramid
IF 7 ,pentagonal bipyramidal
+tetrahedral
H 2 Setetrahedral

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 in ngstroms or picometers. The largest bond moments will occur with the largest partial charges. The two solutions above represent how unevenly electrons share in bond. Bond moments will be maximized when electronegativity difference is greatest. Controls for and C should be set to one extreme, and B should be set to the opposite extreme. Although the magnitude of bond moment will not change based on whether B is most electronegative or least, direction of bond moment will.


Predicting the molecular geometries

To begin with, draw Lewis structure. Count the number of bonding pairs and lone pairs around central atom. Arrange bonding pairs and lone pairs in one of the standard geometries, thereby minimizing electronelectron repulsion. Multiple bonds count as a single bonding region. What is the Bents rule: More electronegative substituents prefer hybrid orbitals having less s - character, and more electropositive substituents prefer orbitals having more s - character. Bond angles in CH 4, CF 4 and CH 2 F 2 can be explained using the Bents rule. While carbon in CH 4 and CF 4 uses four identical sp hybrids for bonding, in CH 2 F 2 hybrids use are not identical. C - F bonds are formed from sp 3 + X hybrids, with slightly more p - character and less s - character than sp hybrid,s and hydrogen is bonded by sp 3 - X hybrids, with slightly less p - character and slightly more s - character. Increasing the amount of p - characters in C - F bonds decreases F - CF bond angle, because for bonding by pure p - orbitals bond angle would decrease to 90.

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