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Shapes of Carbon Compounds

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Publication 91507

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The tetrahedral shape or molecular geometry around carbon atoms in organic compounds is not a familiar structure to most students. Many students have difficulty visualizing structures of molecules in three dimensions. Building a paper model of a tetrahedron and placing a molecular (ball-and-stick) model of methane (CH4) into the tetrahedron can help students to understand the relationship between chemical bonding and molecular geometry.