Problem: Each of the following ball-and-stick models shows wrong electron and molecular geometry of a generic molecule.Provide the correct molecular geometry for (c), given the number of lone pairs and bonding groups on the central atom.

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We’re being asked to determine the right molecular geometry of the following:


The possible molecular shapes are:



For this, we need to identify the electron groups in the given structure.


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Each of the following ball-and-stick models shows wrong electron and molecular geometry of a generic molecule.The figure depicts three ball and stick models. Figure a has one lone pair of electrons and three atoms bonded to a central atom. Figure b has one lone pair and four atoms bonded to a central atom. Figure c has two lone pairs and four atoms bonded to a central atom.

Provide the correct molecular geometry for (c), given the number of lone pairs and bonding groups on the central atom.

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