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Solution: Derivatives of the tetrahedral molecular shape. In going from the tetrahedral shape to the bent shape, does it matter which two of the atoms we choose to remove?

Problem

A diagram shows that, beginning with a tetrahedral shape, removing one corner atom leads to a trigonal pyramidal shape.  Removing a second corner atom leads to a bent shape.

Derivatives of the tetrahedral molecular shape.

In going from the tetrahedral shape to the bent shape, does it matter which two of the atoms we choose to remove?