In the following video we build the Lewis structure of xenon tetrafluoride. The steps to follow are:

  • Calculate valence electrons: 8+7x4=36
  • Write the molecular skeleton with the xenon in the center.
  • Fill in the octets of the terminal atoms (fluorine)
  • Place the remaining pairs on the central atom
  • Assign formal charges and cede lone pairs to binders if necessary.