Problem: Which of the following molecules are nonpolar?(a) SO3(b) IF(c) Cl2O(d) NF3(c) CHCl3

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We’re being asked to determine the nonpolar molecule among the choices.


Recall that when a central atom is surrounded by the same element and doesn’t have any lone pairs, the molecule is nonpolar.


To do so, we first need to do the following steps:

Step 1: Determine the central atom in the molecule.

Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.

Step 3: Draw the Lewis structure for the molecule.

Step 4: Determine the polarity of the molecule.


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Which of the following molecules are nonpolar?

(a) SO3

(b) IF

(c) Cl2O

(d) NF3

(c) CHCl3

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