Today we looked at how unpaired electrons contributed to molecular geometry. Since they still take up space, unpaired electrons push attached atoms out of the way. So a nitrogen with three bonds is trigonal pyramidal instead of trigonal planar, and an oxygen with two bonds is bent instead of linear.
Aim: How do nitrogen and oxygen differ from carbon in regards to molecular geometry?
Presentation: [gview file=”https://www.whsad.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Molecular-Geometry-Part-2.pptx”]