Problem: What is the polarity of the Cl2XeF2 molecule?

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We're being asked to determine the polarity of the Cl2XeFmolecule.


For this problem, we 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: Xenon is less electronegative than chlorine and fluorine so xenon is the central atom.


Step 2: The total number of valence electrons present in Cl2XeF2 is:


            Group             Valence Electrons

Xe        8A                   1 × 8 e8 e

F          7A                   2 × 7 e14 e

Cl         7A                   2 × 7 e14 e

Total:  36 valence e


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What is the polarity of the Cl2XeFmolecule?

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