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Lewis Dot of Xenon Oxytetrafluoride



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Xe does not follow the octet rule. It actually bonds. It will hold more than 8 electrons.

Xenon having valence electrons in the 4th energy level, will also have access to the 4d sublevel, thus allowing for more than 8 electrons. XeOF4 is d2sp3 hybridized.  The VSEPR predicts the Square Pyramidal shape.

Elements in the first 2 periods of the Periodic Table do not have access to the d sublevel and must adhere to the octet (or duet H and He) rule.

Note** Oxygen should have a double bond or the formal charge would be +1 and Xe would be -1. Adding the double bond changes both to 0.

ABOUT XeOF4- Extremely reactive and unstable.



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