Shapes of Molecules—Distortion from the Pure Geometry

Ready to introduce the realities of molecular geometry to chemistry pupils? Use a logic-based interactive! Perfect as individual practice, the puzzles explore the bond angles and repulsions present in three common molecular shapes.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the resource to fine tune learners' knowledge of molecular geometry principles
  • Have students draw each of the shapes to get comfortable with illustrating the different elements of molecular geometry
Classroom Considerations

  • Present the interactive after the class has an understanding of how molecular geometry becomes distorted
Pros

  • Activity focuses on an often-overlooked aspect of molecular geometry
  • The interactive is easy to use and puts an interesting twist on traditional geometry resources
Cons

  • None