Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.
• N→ less electronegative atom than F → central atom
Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.
Group Valence Electrons
N 5A 1 × 5 e– = 5 e–
F 7A 3 × 7 e– = 21 e–
Total: 26 valence e–
Step 3: Draw the Lewis Structure for the molecule
Step 4: Determine the hybridization of the central atom.
Orbitals that can be used by the central atom:
Subshell Total # of orbitals
s _ 1 orbital
p _ _ _ 3 orbitals
d _ _ _ _ _ 5 orbitals
Write a hybridization and bonding scheme for each molecule. Label all bonds in NF3.
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