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The structure of molecules

Examples

A stands for the central atom X stands for an atom attached to the central atom E stands for a lone electron pair on the central atom

Linear structure

AX2

Trigonal structure

AX3

AX2E

Tetrahedral structure

AX4

AX3E

AX2E2

Trigonal bipyramidal structure

AX5

AX4E

AX3E2

AX2E3

Octahedral structure

AX6

AX5E

A more complete and animated version of this data bank so as VSEPR course can be found at the reference : G. Dupuis - Lycée Faidherbe de Lille