VSEPR Theory

Valence shell electron pair repulsion (VSEPR) theory is a model in chemistry used to predict the shape of individual molecules based upon the extent of electron-pair electrostatic repulsion. It is also named Gillespie–Nyholm theory after its two main developers. The acronym “VSEPR” is sometimes pronounced “vesper” for ease of pronunciation; however, the phonetic pronunciation is technically more correct.

The premise of VSEPR is that the valence electron pairs surrounding an atom mutually repel each other, and will therefore adopt an arrangement that minimizes this repulsion, thus determining the molecular geometry. The number of electron pairs surrounding an atom, both bonding and nonbonding, is called its steric number. Read more on – Wikipedia

Video on VSEPR Theory

Credit Khan Academy

Leave a Reply