Lesson Worksheet: VSEPR Chemistry

In this worksheet, we will practice identifying the shape of molecules using VSEPR.


Bonding pairs and nonbonding pairs dictate the molecular geometry and shape of molecules.

What is the name given to the shape of a molecule that has two bonding pairs and two nonbonding pairs?

  • ABent
  • BTrigonal planar
  • CTetrahedral
  • DSquare planar
  • ELinear

What is the name given to the shape of a molecule that has three bonding pairs and one nonbonding pair?

  • ATetrahedral
  • BBent
  • CTrigonal pyramidal
  • DTrigonal bipyramidal
  • ETrigonal planar


Using the AXE method, which of the following AXE notations corresponds to a molecule with a trigonal pyramidal shape?

  • AAXE13
  • BAX4
  • CAXE22
  • DAX3
  • EAXE3


Molecules with a steric number of 4 have bond angles that differ by approximately 2.5 and have a tetrahedral, trigonal pyramidal, or bent (nonlinear) shape. What is the bond angle around the central atom in a molecule with a tetrahedral shape?


Technetium hexafluoride can be prepared by heating technetium metal with excess F2.

What will the shape of the TcF6 molecule be?

  • ATetrahedral
  • BSquare pyramidal
  • COctahedral
  • DT-shaped
  • ETrigonal bipyramidal

What is the FTcF bond angle in TcF6?


The following diagram shows a molecule of hydrazine.


What is the NNH bond angle in hydrazine most likely to be?

  • A107
  • B90
  • C120
  • D109.5
  • E104.5


The Lewis structure of a nitrite ion (NO)2 is shown in the diagram.


What is the shape of this molecule?

  • ATetrahedral
  • BTrigonal pyramidal
  • CBent
  • DTrigonal planar
  • ELinear


Butatriene (HCCCCH)22 is a type of cumulene, a hydrocarbon with three or more consecutive double bonds.

What is the bond angle of a HCH bond in butatriene?

What is the bond angle of a CCC bond in butatriene?


Which shape of a simple molecule is most likely if it contains two bonding pairs and no lone pairs?

  • ATetrahedral
  • BLinear
  • CTrigonal bipyramidal
  • DTrigonal planar
  • EOctahedral


Put the following molecules in order of increasing bond angle:

  1. Water
  2. Carbon dioxide
  3. Sulfur dioxide
  4. Chlorine trifluoride
  • A1, 3, 2, 4
  • B2, 1, 4, 3
  • C3, 2, 1, 4
  • D4, 1, 3, 2
  • E2, 3, 4, 1


Which of the following statements about the VSEPR theory is true?

  • AIt is used to determine the difference in electronegativity between the atoms of a molecule.
  • BIt is used to determine the bond length between the atoms of a molecule.
  • CIt is used to predict the polarity of a molecule.
  • DIt is used to predict the molecular geometry of a molecule.
  • EIt is used to determine the bond strength between the atoms of a molecule.

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