Problem: Why is boron trifluoride written in two ways in the Lewis dot diagram structure?

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We are asked for the reason for the possibility of 2 structures of boron trifluoride.

  • Recall that Boron is an exception to the octet rule.
  • It readily forms compounds in which it has six valence electrons, rather than the usual eight predicted by the octet rule while still being neutral. 
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Why is boron trifluoride written in two ways in the Lewis dot diagram structure?

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