Problem: What is the molecular geometry of PBr 5? Draw its VSEPR and Lewis structure.

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Recall the VSEPR or Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion (VSEPR) theory gives bond angles based on the number of groups around the central element.


In this problem, we are asked to do the following for PBr5

1. Draw its Lewis structure 

2. Draw VSEPR (bond angles)

2. Determine the molecular geometry 


We need to draw the Lewis Structure first, to determine the bonding/non-bonding pairs and groups surrounding the central element in PBr5. This will also be useful in finding its bond angles for VSEPR, and molecular geometry

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What is the molecular geometry of PBr 5? Draw its VSEPR and Lewis structure.

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