TUD Organische Chemie  Immel  Tutorials  Symmetry  Symmetry and Shape of Objects  View or Print (this frame only) 
Symmetry and Shape of Objects:
The table below provides an overview on the shapes of objects belonging to various point groups. The group to which a molecule belongs may often be determined from these shapes without going through the entire formal procedure of determining all symmetry elements. For the more detailed and accurate procedure of point group determination see the flowchart in the 'Point Group Separation Procedure' section.



An alternative view on the various threedimensional shapes belonging to the different point groups is given by the table below
(chiral point groups are marked by boldface point group symbols):
