Bond Angle

In case of molecules made up of three or more atoms, the average angle between the bonded orbitals (i.e., between the two covalent bonds) is known as bond angle q.

Factors affecting bond angle

(i) Repulsion between atoms or groups attached to the central atom may increase or decrease the bond angle.

(ii) In hybridisation as the s character of the s hybrid bond increases, the bond angle increases.

Bond type

sp3

sp2

sp

Bond angle

109º28¢

120°

180°

(iii) By increasing lone pair of electron, bond angle decreases approximately by 2.5%.

Bond type

CH4

NH3

H2O

Bond angle

109º

107o

105o

(iv) If the electronegativity of the central atom decreases, bond angle decreases.

 

In case the central atom remains the same, bond angle increases with the decrease in electronegativity of the surrounding atom.

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