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Why do compounds like SF6 and SF4 exist but SH6 and SH4 don't?

Both $\ce{SF6}$ and $\ce{SH6}$ and $\ce{SF4}$ and $\ce{SH4}$ have the same central atom and the same hybridization, but my teacher specifically mentioned that $\ce{SH6}$ and $\ce{SH4}$ don't exist. I'...
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Why are atoms with eight electrons in the outer shell extremely stable?

Atoms that have eight electrons in their outer shell are extremely stable. It can't be because both the $s$ and the $p$ orbitals are full, because then an atom with 13 or 18 valence electrons would be ...
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Which relatively simple molecules violate the octet rule?

I'm learning how to draw Lewis diagrams. Everything I've read emphasizes the octet rule. However, to the best of my knowledge, that rule only applies to elements in the first three periods. On our ...
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Can fluorine act as the central atom in interhalogen compounds?

Why can't fluorine be the central atom in inter-halogen compounds? A $\ce{F-F}$ bond is weaker than a $\ce{F-X}$ bond and thus, fluorine should be happy to form inter-halogen compounds. But, why ...
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How should elements be colored? And how many bonds does an atom have?

I'm working on my own 3D molecule viewer for my AP Chem class. So far everything's going together nicely. There's a couple of things I'm not sure about though... Is there a certain rule of thumb or ...
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Why can't phosphorus trifluoride be used as a Lewis acid catalyst in electrophilic substitution of benzene?

Which of the following cannot be used as Lewis acid in the electrophilic substitution of benzene? $\ce{BF3}$ $\ce{SbCl3}$ $\ce{FeCl3}$ $\ce{PF3}$ My Attempt: $\ce{BF3}$ and $\ce{...
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How to get the valencies of elements?

How to find the valencies of elements by using its distribution of electrons? Please explain the method in simple words. Do you have to study the valencies or is there a simple way of remembering? PS:...
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What is the highest possible expanded octet?

Often called "hypervalent", chemicals like phosphorous pentachloride and sulfur hexafluoride are possible due to the fact that their central atoms form covalent bonds with more than four other atoms, ...
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Is it okay for a sulfite ion to have 10 electrons around the sulfur? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can an atom have more than 8 valence electrons? If not, why is 8 the limit? I was watching this youtube clip ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY1XLgHUAIQ ) in which a lewis ...
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Is ClH7 possible? [duplicate]

Chlorine can be $sp^3d^3$ hybridized. If so, it can form $\ce{ClH_7}$ and then chlorine, being more electronegative, will have (-7) as its oxidation number. But we know that the oxidation number of $\...
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Number of bonds in a Lewis Structure [duplicate]

I'm asked to find the Lewis Structure of sulfuric acid, $SO_4H^-$. After struggling for a while, I sumply looked it up. How can this be? Sulfur has 6 electrons in its valence shell, so it should ...
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Why are d orbitals used in the hybridisation of PCl5 and similar compounds? [duplicate]

Phosphorus uses its $\ce{3s}$, three $\ce{3p}$ and one $\ce{3d}$ orbitals for its hybridization in $\ce{PCl5}$ and similar compounds. However, shouldn't it use its $\ce{4s}$ rather than $\ce{3d}$ ...
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Inductive effects of halogens

The Wikipedia page on inductive effects states that the order of inductive effects of halogens is as follows: $$\ce{-F} > \ce{-Cl} > \ce{-Br} > \ce{-I}$$ From this, and from the fact that ...
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Can d-orbitals participate in bonding?

My textbook says: It is appropriate to remark that the trick of rationalizing apparent violations of the octet rule by invoking the participation of d-orbitals in the bonding scheme is a matter of ...
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Is Octet Expansion appropriate when regular Octet bonding is possible (such as using dative bonds)?

I was taught to use Occam's razor whenever in doubt over an octet expansion, being told it never happened when, for example, dative bonds could resolve the issue with a regular octet. This seems to ...

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