We are asked to label all the bonds in NF3.
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–
Label all bonds in NF3.
Hybridization of N atom in NF3 is sp3
Lone pair in p orbital
Lone pair in s orbital
δ: N(p) - F(sp3)
δ: N(p) - F(p)
π: N(p) - F(p)
Lone pair in sp3 orbital
δ: N(sp3) - F(p)
π: N(sp3) - F(p)
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