How does the electronic and geometric structure differ between the ozone and water molecules?

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Nov 29, 2016

Answer:

What is the bond angle around the central atom for #sp^3# hybridization versus #sp^2# hybridization.

Explanation:

We use valence bond formalism and #sp^3# hybridization for the water molecule, and #sp^2# hybridization for ozone.

To a first approximation, #/_H-O-H# is #109.5^@#, and #/_O-O-O# is #120.0^@#. Of course, the oxygen lone pair electrons compress this angle (substantially), however tetrahedral versus trigonal planar geometry with respect to both bonding electron pairs and non-bonding pairs, clearly dictates that #/_H-O-H# should be more compressed.