Problem: If the symbol X represents a central atom, Y represents outer atoms, and Z represents lone pairs on the central atom, the structure could be abbreviated as XY2Z2. Classify these structures according to their shape.         XY2Z2            XY2Z3          XY3Z2          XY4Z         XY4Z2          XY5Z          XY2Z         XY3Z

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We’re being asked to determine the shape of each structure. The possible molecular shapes are:



In the problem:

  • X represents a central atom
  • Y represents outer atoms
  • Z represents lone pairs on the central atom


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If the symbol X represents a central atom, Y represents outer atoms, and Z represents lone pairs on the central atom, the structure
 could be abbreviated as XY2Z2


Classify these structures according to their shape. 

        XY2Z2            XY2Z3          XY3Z2          XY4Z         XY4Z         XY5Z          XY2Z         XY3Z

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