Fall 2015 Midterm Question 4
Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:53 pm
For part 4Aii, it asks to draw and name the shape of XeF2 and give a bond angle. I drew the correct Lewis structure, but I'm confused as to why the shape is linear. I thought the side of Xe with two pairs of electrons would create more repulsive forces than the side with just one pair and result in a more bent structure. Can someone explain why this isn't the case?
Re: Fall 2015 Midterm Question 4
Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:21 pm
The electron arrangement assumes the shape trigonal bipyramidal, however, when we take into account the 3 lone pairs, the molecular shape is in fact linear.
To see this more clearly, imagine a linear molecule(2 atoms on each end) and arrange the 3 lone pairs around the central atom. I will attach a link for you to get a better picture of this. https://o.quizlet.com/tVEy0W8IRpeB3c7xZEfHgA.png