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A model of an octahedral molecule. Six atoms (or groups) are symmetrically arranged around a central atom. This defines the vertices of an octahedron. The octahedron has eight faces, hence the prefix 'octa'.

Molecular geometry is the way atoms are arranged in a molecule. The three-dimensional arrangement determines many properties of that molecule.

There are many different molecular structures. They are organised by the number of atoms involved and the angles between the bonds.

Water molecule dimensions
Geometry of the water molecule

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