VSEPR Theory and Molecular Geometry

Hybridization describes orbitals, but molecular geometry describes the shape of the atom. 

Note: Many professors refer to ALL sp2 hybridized atoms as “trigonal planar” even though that is technically not correct for atoms with lone pairs. Just go with the flow if that happens!

Problem: Predict the hybridization of the following selected atoms:


Problem: PRACTICE: Determine the hybridization and molecular geometry of the following selected atoms: