Problem: Write Lewis structure that obey the octet rule for the following molecules and ions. (In this case the first atom listed is the central atom.b. NF3, SO32-, PO33-, ClO3- Considering your answers to parts a, b, and c, what conclusions can you draw concerning the structures of species containing the same number of atoms and the same number of valence electrons?

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Recall that the octet rule states that an element is surrounded by eight electrons in the Lewis structure. 


Exceptions to this rule occur when:

• there is an odd number of electrons, like in radicals

• there are less than 8 electrons or incomplete octet

• there are more than 8 electrons or expanded octet. This occurs to nonmetals from Period 3 to 7.


NF3 → N is the central atom


Total number of valence electrons:


                    Valence Electrons

N                   1 × 5 e5 e

F                    3 × 7 e21 e

Total:  26 valence e


Lewis Structure: (obeys octet rule)

  • Halogens, when not central atom forms only 1 bond
  • N prefers to form 3 bonds

F's: 8 val eeach, N: 8 val e-,

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Write Lewis structure that obey the octet rule for the following molecules and ions. (In this case the first atom listed is the central atom.


b. NF3, SO32-, PO33-, ClO3


Considering your answers to parts a, b, and c, what conclusions can you draw concerning the structures of species containing the same number of atoms and the same number of valence electrons?

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