Problem: Answer the questions below about the shape of the orthotellurate (TeO 66-) anion. How many electron groups are around the central tellurium atom? What phrase best describes the arrangement of these electron groups around the central tellurium atom?

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We are given an anion orthotellurate (TeO66-) and asked how many electron groups are around the central tellurium atom and what phrase describes the arrangement of these electron groups around the central tellurium atom.


Part A.


Step 1: Draw a Lewis Structure of orthotellurate and identify how many electron groups are around the central atom.

Step 2: Identify the geometry of the anion.


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Answer the questions below about the shape of the orthotellurate (TeO 66-) anion. 

How many electron groups are around the central tellurium atom? 

What phrase best describes the arrangement of these electron groups around the central tellurium atom?

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