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Electron density includes both lone pairs and bonding electrons. Accounting for all the areas of electron density gives you the molecular orbital geometry. VSEPR geometry only accounts for the bonded electrons.
Electron density is about the forces of the bonding and lone pairs and how they repel each other. Electron density determines the shape. There atomic structure tells us the shape of the electron densities, but the molecular shape, which is what we mainly focus on, is the structure of just the atoms and not the lone pairs.
Electron density refers to any regions that have electrons or atoms. This helps determine the overall structure. However, when identifying the molecular shape with regards to VSEPR, only the atoms are taken into account.
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