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Can someone please explain to me a little more in depth the reasoning behind why lone pairs have greater repelling effect than that of bonding electrons? I was a little confused on this concept. Thanks so much!
In addition to the lone pair occupying a greater volume, a bonding pair is part of a sigma bond, placing it further away from the central atom whereas the negatively charged lone pair is pulled in close by the positively charged central atom, creating more repulsion power.
This is because bonded electrons are bound to a certain region of the sigma bond, whereas lone pairs are much more free to move and have more space since they aren't involved in any bonds that restrict their movement.
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