Problem: Consider the polyatomic ion PCl 4- and its three dimensional structure. What is the electronic geometry and the molecular geometry for this ion?1. tetrahedral; tetrahedral2. trigonal bypyramidal; tetrahedral3. octahedral; square planar4. octahedral; square pyramidal5. trigonal bipyramidal; T-shaped6. trigonal bipyramidal; seesaw

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We’re being asked to determine the electron pair and molecular geometry of PCl4


The possible electron pair and molecular geometries are:



To do so, we first need to draw a Lewis structure for PCl4

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.


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Consider the polyatomic ion PCl 4- and its three dimensional structure. What is the electronic geometry and the molecular geometry for this ion?

1. tetrahedral; tetrahedral

2. trigonal bypyramidal; tetrahedral

3. octahedral; square planar

4. octahedral; square pyramidal

5. trigonal bipyramidal; T-shaped

6. trigonal bipyramidal; seesaw

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