VSEPR Theory & Molecule Shapes


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Why is water a bent molecule and not linear?

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1. What is a nonbonding electron domain?

2. If a central atom of a molecule only has two electron domains, what is the bond angle associated with the molecule?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Using this quiz and attached worksheet, you can evaluate how well you understand how to predict the shape of any molecule. The quiz will assess your understanding of concepts like bent molecules and tetrahedral shapes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to measure your understanding of:

  • Why water is a bent molecule
  • A nonbinding electron domain
  • Shape of a molecule when the central atom has two electron domains
  • Number of bonding domains for a molecule to be tetrahedral in shape

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the shape of molecules in a different light
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of bonding domains
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as electron domain and bonding domain
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the features of valence electrons

Additional Learning

To learn more about VSEPR Theory and Molecule Shapes, review the lesson that covers the following objectives:

  • Identify Lewis dot structures
  • Define molecular geometry
  • Explain valence shell
  • Identify angles between two electron domains