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VSEPR Theory

In an SF6 molecule we have six valence shell electron pairs and six F atoms surrounding one S atom. Because the valence shell of sulfur contains no lone pairs, the electronic and molecular geometries in SF6 are identical. The maximum separation possible for six electron pairs around one S atom is achieved when the electron pairs are at the corners and the S atom is at the center of a regular octahedron. Thus, VSEPR theory is consistent with the observation that SF6 molecules are octahedral.