# Why are the bond angles in sulfur dichloride and oxygen dichloride not the same? [duplicate]

Why are the bond angles represented below for each molecule not the same? they have the same form: one central atom and two others in the sides, so the bond angle has to be the same for the three, doesn't it?

• No, the bond angles will not be the same. See this earlier Q&A "Why does bond angle decrease in the order H₂O, H₂S, H₂Se?". A similar explanation would apply here. – ron Jan 10 '17 at 21:49
• Bond angles and other aspects of molecular geometry don't follow associative rules - you have 3 different molecules, so 3 different structures. You can add a 4th - $\ce{H2O}$ - with a bond angle of 104.5$^{\circ}$ to extend your comparison. – Todd Minehardt Jan 10 '17 at 21:50

Why should the bond angles be the same? You have different atoms every time leading to different molecules. Different molecules have different properties; that goes both for macroscopic properties (they will have different melting and boiling points, their liquid phases will have different densities and refraction indices) and microscopic ones (i.e. their molecular structure will be different). Indeed, there are three-atom molecules with a $90^\circ$ bond angle and those with $180^\circ$. I’m not sure whether it ever gets any smaller than $90^\circ$ but I suspect ‘no.’