Problem: Does the VSEPR theory predict that XeF 2 is linear?

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The VSEPR model can predict the structure of nearly any molecule or polyatomic ion in which the central atom is a nonmetal, as well as the structures of many molecules and polyatomic ions with a central metal atom. 


Steps to Apply the VSEPR Model

  1. Draw the Lewis structure for the molecule. 
  2. Count the electron pairs and arrange them in a way that minimizes repulsion (that is, put the pairs as far apart as possible). 
  3. Determine the positions of the atoms from the way the electron pairs are shared. 
  4. Determine the name of the molecular structure from the positions of the atoms.


Draw the Lewis Structure of XeF2:

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Does the VSEPR theory predict that XeF 2 is linear?