5.111SC | Fall 2014 | Undergraduate

Principles of Chemical Science

Lecture 12: The Shapes of Molecules: VSEPR Theory

Lecture 12: The Shapes of Molecules: VSEPR Theory

Description: Embedded video, no tabs, this description appears on section page: Valence shell electron pair repulsion or VSEPR theory can be used to predict molecular geometry. The theory is based on Lewis structures and the simple idea that that the preferred geometry around a central atom is the one that minimizes electron repulsion. Chemist Stefanie Sydlik tells us how she uses VSEPR theory to design sensors that are capable of detecting landmines.

Instructor: Catherine Drennan

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