Shapes of Molecules

Shape: tetrahedral
Steric Number: 4
Lone Pairs: 0
Polar/NonPolar: NonPolar
Hybridization: sp3
Examples: CH4, SiH4
GIF File: ax4.gif (74K)
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NOTES: This molecule is made up of 4 equally spaced sp3 hybrid orbitals forming bond angles of 109.5o. The shape of the orbitals is tetrahedral. Since there is an atom at the end of each orbital, the shape of the molecule is also tetrahedral.