Problem: Consider the following reaction of silicon tetrafluoride:SiF4 + F− ⟶ SiF5−(a) Which depiction below best illustrates the change in molecular shape around Si?

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We’re being asked to determine the depiction that best illustrates the change in molecular shape around Si

SiF4 + F ⟶ SiF5


The possible molecular shapes are:



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 shape of the molecule.


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Consider the following reaction of silicon tetrafluoride:

SiF4 + F ⟶ SiF5

(a) Which depiction below best illustrates the change in molecular shape around Si?

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