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Discuss the shape of the molecules using the VSEPR model.


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SiCl4: A tetrahedral molecule. Si has 4 electrons in its outermost shell. Due to mutual sharing of electrons with Cl there are 4 electron pairs around Si. To keep the repulsion at the minimum, these 4 electron pairs should be arranged in a tetrahedral manner around Si. Thus, SiCl4 is a tetrahedral molecule.

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