Problem: An AB4 molecule has one lone pair of electrons on the A atom (in addition to the four B atoms). What is the electron-domain geometry around the A atom?

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We’re being asked to determine the electron-domain geometry of the AB4 molecule with one lone pair of electrons on the A atom.


The possible electron-domain and molecular geometries are in this diagram:



Let’s determine the electron domain geometry of the AB4 molecule. 


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An AB4 molecule has one lone pair of electrons on the A atom (in addition to the four B atoms). What is the electron-domain geometry around the A atom?