Problem: An electrostatic potential map for acetonitrile (CH3CN), which is polar, is shown below.From this map, determine the geometry for how two acetonitrile molecules would interact with each other.

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The following is the arrangement of the acetonitrile molecules given its polar nature:

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An electrostatic potential map for acetonitrile (CH3CN), which is polar, is shown below.
The figure shows an electrostatic potential map for acetonitrile. The map is red at the nitrogen atom, green around -CH3 group and yellow-green around carbon atom which is connected with nitrogen.

From this map, determine the geometry for how two acetonitrile molecules would interact with each other.

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