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No it cannot be named this. I'm not sure there is a reason why, but Dr. Lavelle said in class to a boy that asked this name question that it may never be called square bipyramidal. It will always be octahedral; named for its eight faces.
Stephen Sirmay 1I wrote:Can an octahedral also be classified as square bipyramidal? In the same way that a trigonal bipyramidal is named fittingly for its shape, couldn't an octahedral be named this?
The octahedral shape corresponds to VSEPR formula AX6, meaning there are 6 bonding regions. However, the name is octahedral because there are 8 faces to an octahedron.
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