# What is the molecular shape of #SCl_2#?

##### 1 Answer

**bent** molecular geometry with bond angles of approximately

Start with the molecule's Lewis structure, which is drawn like this:

It is important to remember that Lewis structures are *not meant to convey geometry*, so it would be wrong to assume that the molecule is linear just by looking at this particular Lewis structure.

All 20 valence electrons (**6** from **7** from each

**steric number** equal to 4 and a **coordination number** equal to 2.

Electron geometry, which is determined by the steric number, will be tetrahedral, while molecular geometry, which is determined by the coordination number, will be bent.

Notice that