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Ethylic acid

  1. Apr 12, 2010 #1
    what is the shape of acetic acid?
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 12, 2010 #2

    Char. Limit

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    The shape?

    If you mean the molecular geometry, Carbon 1 is trigonal (120 degrees) planar, and Carbon 2 is tetrahedral (109.5 degrees, but in 3D).

    If you mean actual shape, well, if you stand it on one end it looks a bit like a stubby tower...
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