How do you draw the Lewis Structure of #CH_2I_2#?

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Sep 22, 2016

Answer:

With ease, as it is the same structure as methane.

Explanation:

The number of valence electrons are #4(C)+2(H)+14(I)# #=# #20 " valence electrons"#. There are 4 bonding electron pairs around carbon so tetrahedral geometry is enforced by #"VSEPR"#. Each iodine atom bears 3 lone pairs, and thus 12 bonding electrons + 8 non bonding electrons satisfies the electron count.