Problem: Explain why the HOH molecule is bent, whereas the HBeH molecule is linear.

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The possible molecular geometries are:



For HOH:


H can't be the central atom → O is the central atom.


Total valence electrons:


            Group             Valence Electrons

H         1A                   2 × 1 e2 e

O         6A                   1 × 6 e6 e

Total:  8 valence e


Lewis structure:



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Explain why the HOH molecule is bent, whereas the HBeH molecule is linear.

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