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What is the shape of a molecule? - George Zaidan and Charles Morton

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A molecule is nearly all empty space, apart from the extremely dense nuclei of its atoms and the clouds of electrons that bond them together. When that molecule forms, it arranges itself to maximize attraction of opposite charges and minimize repulsion of unlike. George Zaidan and Charles Morton shape our image of molecules.

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Here are some good, detailed resources on atomic structure:
http://www.chemguide.co.uk/atoms/bonding/shapes.html
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/chemistry/5-111-principles-of-chemical-science-fall-2008/video-lectures/lecture-13/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keHS-CASZfc
http://www.chemguide.co.uk/atoms/bonding/doublebonds.html
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But the nuclei of most elements contain multiple positive charges, all bunched up together. What’s going on here? (You’ll probably have to do some research to answer this question.)
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