5.0/ 5.0 Points
`A drug task force involving local, state, and federal officers raided a suspected illegal dealing facility.
They ran a preliminary field test on a product they found that appeared to be crushed pills or powder,
and it tested postitive as being cocaine. This was done using a
test solution that turns blue if cocaine is
present. However, the report indicates the result was actually a bluish-purple color, and the defense
lawyer later used this to accuse the lab techs of using contaminated or wrong chemicals, and that they
instead possibly used the test for morphine, which turns purple for a positive result. The difference here
is that the defendant had prescriptions for morphine, which would prevent him from going to prison.
The field test for morphine contains formaldehyde (CH2O, where C is the central atom). The test for
chloroform (CCl3H, where C is the central atom). An independent lab tested the
solutions used in the field test, and determined that there were no molecules present whose ELECTRON
geometry were trigonal planar. So, does the defense have a case based on this evidence? What does this
evidence prove? (Remember: The question asks about electron geometry, not molecular geometry.)