MgCl2 is a linear molecule while SnCl2 is angular.Explain.

Asked by Topperlearning User | 8th Oct, 2014, 03:13: PM

Expert Answer:

In MgCl2, the central atom i.e. the magnesium ion is surrounded by only two bond pairs so there is no repulsion and the compound posses a regular geometry whereas in  case of SnCl2 molecule the central atom is surrounded by two bond pairs and two lone pairs of electrons which leads to repulsion among them as a result the molecule posses distorted geometry.

Answered by  | 8th Oct, 2014, 05:13: PM