What is the molecular geometry of #"H"_2"O"#? Draw its VSEPR structure.

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Jun 8, 2018

Answer:

Bent

Explanation:

First, draw the Lewis structure of water:

Wikipedia

Since the O atom has two bonds and two lone pairs, its steric number is 4. The following table shows VSEPR structures based on a compound's steric number and the number of lone pairs:

Quora

Since the steric number is 4 and there are two lone pairs, water has bent geometry.