What is the Lewis structure for #XeF_4# polar?

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Jul 31, 2017

Answer:

#"XeF"_4# would be considered nonpolar..

Explanation:

Xenon tetrafluoride is a neutral molecule consisting of four #"F"# atoms bonded to a central #"Xe"# atom (xenon is hypervalent in this situation).

Looking at the rules for determining Lewis structures, we see the following:

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Xenon has #4# bonding electron pairs and #2# nonbonding pairs, so the molecular geometry is square planar.

The electrons are distributed evenly outward from the #"Xe"#, so this is a nonpolar molecule.