My textbook says that all the bonds of $\ce{SF4} $ are not equal while in the case of $\ce{XeF_2}$, $ \ce{BF4-} $ or $\ce{SiF4} $ all the bonds are equal. No reason is stated for this observation.

So is there a general way or formula to check if all the bond lengths are equal or not for a given molecule?

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    $\begingroup$ Please use the mhchem package for $\LaTeX$ formatting. Chemical formulas and equations mustn't be slanted. $\endgroup$ – M.A.R. Aug 12 '15 at 15:06
  • $\begingroup$ You have to check geometry of the molecule $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Aug 12 '15 at 15:07
  • $\begingroup$ So the geometry will be trigonal bypyramidal, trigonal bypyramidal, square planar and square planar for $\ce{SF4} $, $\ce{XeF_2}$, $ \ce{BF4-} $ and $\ce{SiF4} $, respectively. What should I do next? $\endgroup$ – Abhishek Mhatre Aug 12 '15 at 15:27
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    $\begingroup$ Where in this question comes the valence bond theory into play? Currently it reads more like a question about the simple predictions of the VSEPR model, geometries of certain molecules. It does not seem to be at all about VBT. Maybe some other tags and a more descriptive title would help this question. $\endgroup$ – Martin - マーチン Aug 12 '15 at 18:03
  • $\begingroup$ 4 times wrong, sorry but without knowing VSEPR case is bad. chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/18427/… may help $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Aug 12 '15 at 18:04

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