Problem: Explain why the XeF2 molecule is linear and not bent.

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We need to explain why the shape of the XeF2 molecule is linear and not bent.

Recall that the shape of a molecule is dependent on its molecular geometry.

The molecular geometry of a compound treats surrounding elements and lone pairs (or non-bonding electrons) on the central element as different.

We need to do these steps to explain why the molecular shape for XeF2 molecule is linear. 

Step 1: Determine the central atom in the molecule.

Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.

Step 3: Draw the Lewis structure for the molecule. 

Step 4: Determine the molecular geometry and the molecular shape 

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Explain why the XeF2 molecule is linear and not bent.

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