# What is the molecular shape of SCl_2?

Jan 16, 2015

${\text{SCl}}_{2}$ has a bent molecular geometry with bond angles of approximately ${103}^{\circ}$ and a bond lenght of $\text{201 pm}$.

All 20 valence electrons (6 from $\text{S}$, and 7 from each $\text{Cl}$ atom) are accounted for by the Lewis structure, so VSEPR Theory can now be used to determine molecular shape.
$\text{S}$, which is the molecule's central atom, has a steric number equal to 4 and a coordination number equal to 2.
Notice that ${\text{SCl}}_{2}$ has a molecualr geometry that is very similar to water's, the only differences being the smaller bond angle (water has a bond angle of ${104.45}^{\circ}$) and the longer bond lenght (water has a bond lenght of $\text{95.84 pm}$.