Hi asked in Science & MathematicsChemistry · 9 years ago

what causes water molecules to have a bend shape, according to the VSEPR theory?

a.) repulsive forces between specific electrons

b.) interactions between the orbitals of the unshared pairs of electrons

c.) ionic attraction and repulsion

d.) the unusual location of the free electrons

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    The answer is (a). Lone-pairs on O will push the bonding electrons in O-H farther down so that the H-O-H angle is less than that of a tetrahedral molecule.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    A due to repulsion between lone pairs of oxygen and bond pairs.

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