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Hi! Can someone explain to me why in the lewis structure for XeF2 why does Xe, the central atom have 3 sets of lone pairs? I know that noble gases have a valence electron number of 8 but in this example it has 10 and while I know Xe can exceed the octet rule, how do I know to add those extra electrons and why doesn't it have a charge?
You know to add more than 8 electrins to the central atom if all the surrounding atoms already have a full octet and even after filling the octet of each atom you have extra electron left over. Most likely the extra electrons will be added to the central atom if it is in period three and can hold more than an octet.
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