Problem: A molecule with the formula AB 3 could have one of four different shapes. Give the shape and the hybridization of the central A atom for each.

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To answer this problem, recall the possible shapes of a molecule using molecular geometry where we treat surrounding elements and lone pairs on the central element as the same.


In the chemical formula AB3

• A is the central element

• B surrounding atoms (3 B atoms = 3 groups)

• Can have lone pairs in the structure (because lone pairs are not written in the chemical formula)

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A molecule with the formula AB 3 could have one of four different shapes. Give the shape and the hybridization of the central A atom for each.

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