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according to VSEPR theory, why loan pair of electrons occupy equitorial positions while electronegative atoms tend to occupy axial positions? please explain with proper reason.

according to VSEPR theory, why loan pair of electrons occupy equitorial positions while electronegative atoms tend to occupy axial positions? please explain with proper reason.

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Chetan Mandayam Nayakar
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9 years ago

 lone pair-lone pair repulsion is stronger  than bond pair-bond pair and bond pair-lone pair repulsion, because any two lone pairs are closer to each other than a lone pair and a bond pair. Therefore, lone pairs will tend to be farther away from each other than a lone pair and a bond pair, and two bond pairs This will minimize the potential energy, which in turn will give greatest possible stability. 

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