Shapes of Molecules

Shape: nonlinear
Steric Number: 3
Lone Pair: 1
Polar/NonPolar: Polar
Hybridization: sp2
Examples: SO2
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NOTES: This molecule is made up of 3 equally spaced sp2 hybrid orbitals arranged at approximately 120o angles. The shape of the orbitals is planar triangular. One orbital contains a lone pair of electrons. The two atoms attached to the central atom form a molecule that is nonlinear.