Molecular Shape & VSEPR Theory

VSEPR Theory

Of all the words in this acronym -- Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion -- the one we'll be emphasizing is repulsion, since that's really the meat of it. Using foam models and a few poodle analogies, we'll show you what the heck trigonal, pyramidal, planar, tetrahedral, bent, octahedral, and lone pair central atoms really mean!

Molecular Shape Examples

Now that we know VSEPR theory like the back of a poodle's head, in this video we'll do lots of examples, starting with Lewis structure. We'll also cover some common mistakes that you don't want to make, and advice on how to avoid them.