Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Homework Help: Help with molecular geometry!

  1. Oct 9, 2005 #1
    I can't figure out the molecular geometry for C2H4Cl2 (dichloroethane). The e- pair geometry seems to be tetrahedral, but I'm not sure for molecular. Any help?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 9, 2005 #2

    Gokul43201

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    To a first order approximation, would the geometry not resemble C2H6 ? What is the kind of hybridization present in ethane ?
     
  4. Oct 12, 2005 #3
    The geometry is that of two tetrahedrons joined at one point, same as ethane, where two of the hydrogens are replaced by two chlorines.
     
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook