Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion

SF4 Sulfur Tetrafluoride

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Sulfur Tetrafluoride

Sulfur tetrafluoride has 5 regions of electron density around the central sulfur atom (4 bonds and one lone pair). These are arranged in a trigonal bipyramidal shape with 102° F-S-F bond angles between the equatorial fluorine atoms and 173° between the axial fluorine atoms.

The lone pair takes an equatorial position because it demands more space than the bonds. The result is a disphenoidal or 'see-saw' shaped molecule. SF4 SF4 polyhedron

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