Problem: Which of the following molecules is polar?a. BF3b. CCI4c. CO2d. NO2e. SF6

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We’re being asked to determine the polar 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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Problem Details

Which of the following molecules is polar?

a. BF3

b. CCI4

c. CO2

d. NO2

e. SF6

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