We’re being asked to determine the number of valence electrons that surrounds P in PF3.
We need to show the Lewis structure of the compound to answer this problem, to do so, we first need to do the following steps:
Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.
Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.
Step 3: Draw the Lewis structure for the molecule and determine the number of valence electrons that surrounds P.
Use Lewis symbols and Lewis structures to diagram the formation of PF3 from P and F atoms, showing valence-shell electrons.
How many valence electrons surround the P in the PF3 molecule?
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