Problem: Is nitrosyl chloride (NOCl) polar or nonpolar?

FREE Expert Solution

We’re being asked to determine if NOCl is a polar or nonpolar molecule


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.

Step 4: Draw dipole arrows for each bond.

Step 5: Determine the polarity of the molecule.


Step 1: N is the least electronegative element so it is the central atom.


95% (138 ratings)
View Complete Written Solution
Problem Details

Is nitrosyl chloride (NOCl) polar or nonpolar?

Frequently Asked Questions

What scientific concept do you need to know in order to solve this problem?

Our tutors have indicated that to solve this problem you will need to apply the Molecular Polarity concept. You can view video lessons to learn Molecular Polarity. Or if you need more Molecular Polarity practice, you can also practice Molecular Polarity practice problems.