posted by .

How do you tell if a molecular shape (VSEPR) is symmetrical or asymmetrical?

I know that if it has lone pairs, it must be asymmetrical, but are there any other factors that could make it asymmetrical?

  • Chemistry -

    A lone pair of electrons (or more in some cases) may make the molecule asymmetrical. Also, no lone pairs BUT different elements attached. For example, CH4 is symmetrical but CH3Cl, CH2Cl2, CHCl3 are asymmetrical. The octahedral, AX6, is symmetrical but AX5Y is not symmetrical.

Respond to this Question

First Name
School Subject
Your Answer

Similar Questions

  1. chemistry

    which orbitals in the molecular orbital diagram contain the lone pair electrons around O?
  2. photo

    Can somebody define these terms? I looked up some of the words in google and couldn't understand a thing! --value --contrast --colour key --symmetrical balance --asymmetrical balance --rhythym --movement --depth of field --focal point
  3. drawing

    Does anyone know for the work titled Blind MAn by William H. Johnson know what materials he used would it by tempura and printing paper?
  4. Chemistry

    # Electron Pairs # Lone Pairs Electronic Geometry Molecular Geometry Lewis Structure Sketch of Shape I need to do the above things for SBr6 and BrCl5. If anybody can help that would be great!
  5. Chemistry

    Xenon is one of the noble gases, and is generally quite fact,it was long believed that all the noble gases were totally unable to form compounds.It came as quite a surprise,therefore,when it was discovered that some of …
  6. chemistry

    when using the VSEPR Theory what is the shape of a molecule that has two bonded atoms and no lone pairs
  7. Fundementals of Art

    Do you find that Claude Monet painting at the edge of a wood by John Singer Sargent depicts good contrast with asymmetrical balance or would Van Gogh's Starry Night be a better choice.
  8. math 11

    An asymmetrical roof has measurements show in the diagram below. if the vertical supports are each two feet apart, calculate the measure of angle G and the slant heights (lengths x and y) of the roof.
  9. Art

    At the water´s edge by Paul cézanne This painting is a good example of A) creative use of brushstroke for textures. B) usage of warm color for mood. C) asymmetrical balance for unity. D) line for creation of emphasis. i think the …
  10. Art

    1. Which of the following design principles is evident on this dish?

More Similar Questions