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Problem: An AB2 molecule is described as linear, and the A-B bond length is known.Can you tell how many nonbonding pairs of electrons are around the A atom from this information?

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We’re being asked to determine the number of lone pairs in a compound, AB2, which has a linear geometry. 


The possible electron pair and molecular geometries are:


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An AB2 molecule is described as linear, and the A-B bond length is known.

Can you tell how many nonbonding pairs of electrons are around the A atom from this information?

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