We’re being asked to determine the electron pair and molecular geometry of PCl6-
The possible electron pair and molecular geometries are:
To do so, we first need to draw a Lewis structure for PCl6-.
For this, we need to do the following steps:
Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.
Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.
Step 3: Draw the Lewis structure for the molecule.
Step 4: Determine the electron pair geometry of the molecule.
Step 5: Determine the molecular geometry of the molecule.
Draw the Lewis structure for PCl6- and then answer questions that follow.
-Do not include overall ion charges or formal charges in your drawing.
What is the electron-pair geometry for P in PCl6-?
What is the shape (molecular geometry) of PCl6-?
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