# How to calculate protons and electrons in NH3BF3?

• Indranil
In summary, In NH3, N has a lone pair of electrons and forms three single bonds with H to fulfill its octet, making the molecule stable. In BF3, F fills its octet with three single bonds with B, but B is unable to fulfill its octet and needs two more electrons. BF3 receives a lone pair of electrons from NH3 to form a coordinate covalent bond, resulting in the new molecule NH3BF3. The number of protons in a neutral molecule is equal to the number of electrons, but to calculate the number of protons in an ion, you must consider ionization energy and electron affinity.
Indranil

## Homework Statement

As we know in NH3, N full fills its octet with three single bonds with H and a lone pair of electrons and so H. So this molecule is stable. In BF3, F full fills their octets by three single bonds with B but B is unable to fulfill its octet. It got 6 electrons by three single bonds with F. So, B needs 2 more electrons to fulfill its octet. So, BF3 receives the lone pair of electrons from the NH3 and make a coordinate covalent bond between NH3 and BF3, making a new molecule NH3BF3.
So my question is how to calculate the proton numbers in "NH3'' after giving the lone pair of electrons and ''BF3" after receiving the lone pair of electrons?

## Homework Equations

As we know in NH3, N full fills its octet with three single bonds with H and a lone pair of electrons and so H. So this molecule is stable. In BF3, F full fills their octets by three single bonds with B but B is unable to fulfill its octet. It got 6 electrons by three single bonds with F. So, B needs 2 more electrons to fulfill its octet. So, BF3 receives the lone pair of electrons from the NH3 and make a coordinate covalent bond between NH3 and BF3, making a new molecule NH3BF3.
So my question is how to calculate the proton numbers in "NH3'' after giving the lone pair of electrons and ''BF3" after receiving the lone pair of electrons?

## The Attempt at a Solution

Don't know how to calculate in NH3^+- BF3^-

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Not sure what your question is. When the compound (molecule) is neutral, we know number of electrons and number protons are identical. Number of protons in nucleus is what identifies an element, so all is given here.

Borek said:
Not sure what your question is. When the compound (molecule) is neutral, we know the number of electrons and number protons are identical. The number of protons in the nucleus is what identifies an element, so all is given here.
Could you tell me how many proton numbers in NH3+?

No, I am not going to tell you anything like that. Each time you ask a question and you are pointed to the way of solving the problem, you still ask us to do the calculations for you. We are not here to spoon feed you, it is up to you to try.

NH3 - how many nitrogen atoms? How many hydrogen atoms? How many protons in the nitrogen nucleus? How many protons in the hydrogen nucleus? How many protons in total?

Borek said:
No, I am not going to tell you anything like that. Each time you ask a question and you are pointed to the way of solving the problem, you still ask us to do the calculations for you. We are not here to spoon feed you, it is up to you to try.

NH3 - how many nitrogen atoms? How many hydrogen atoms? How many protons in the nitrogen nucleus? How many protons in the hydrogen nucleus? How many protons in total?
1. one nitrogen atom.
2. three hydrogen atoms.
3. 7 protons in the nitrogen nucleus.
4. three protons in hydrogen nuclei.
5. Total 10 protons. 7 from Nitrogen and 3 from hydrogen.
But I want to know that how many protons in NH3+ ion?

Indranil said:
Total 10 protons. 7 from Nitrogen and 3 from hydrogen.
But I want to know that how many protons in NH3+ ion?

What do you remove from ammonia to make NH3+?

(assuming that's the ion you really think about, looks rather exotic).

Borek said:
What do you remove from ammonia to make NH3+?

(assuming that's the ion you really think about, looks rather exotic).
If I remove 1 Hydrogen atom from ammonia, then it would be NH3, not NH3+ because N has a lone pair of electrons in NH3. As far as I know, to become NH3+, N ha to donate its paired electrons. So how is it possible?

Indranil said:
If I remove 1 Hydrogen atom from ammonia, then it would be NH3

No, it would be NH2. It is as simple as 3-1=2.

Indranil said:
As far as I know, to become NH3+, N ha to donate its paired electrons.

Looks like you are confused about everything at once. First things first: NH3+ is an ion. How do you make ions? (hint: have you heard about ionization energy? Electron affinity?)

Borek said:
No, it would be NH2. It is as simple as 3-1=2.
Looks like you are confused about everything at once. First things first: NH3+ is an ion. How do you make ions? (hint: have you heard about ionization energy? Electron affinity?)
Yes, I have heard ionizing energy. The energy required to remove an electron from a neutral atom and the electron affinity is the energy released when an electron is added to a neutral atom. Earlier, I made a mistake by writing NH3. If I remove one H from NH3, it would be NH2. I am sorry. So now I got NH2. Now what to do to get NH3+?

Indranil said:
Yes, I have heard ionizing energy. The energy required to remove an electron from a neutral atom

It doesn't have to be an atom - actually you can ionize any molecule in the gaseous state this way.

(Which hints at how to make NH3+ from NH3.)

Borek said:
It doesn't have to be an atom - actually you can ionize any molecule in the gaseous state this way.

(Which hints at how to make NH3+ from NH3.)
Now I understand that If I want to get NH3+, I have to remove electrons from NH3. But still, I have a doubt here. How many electrons I have to remove to get NH3+ from NH3. May it be one, two, three or four electrons. I am confused.

When it comes to ions on the molecular level all charges are expressed in electron (or proton - they are identical, just differ in the sign) charges. Thus - compared with the neutral atoms - Cl- has a single excess electron, while Na+ is missing one electron.

Borek said:
When it comes to ions on the molecular level all charges are expressed in electron (or proton - they are identical, just differ in the sign) charges. Thus - compared with the neutral atoms - Cl- has a single excess electron, while Na+ is missing one electron.
I understand what you say but what about NH3BH3 where N has N+ and B has B-. As you said above, ''When it comes to ions on the molecular level all charges are expressed in electron (or proton - they are identical, just differ in the sign) charges. Thus - compared with the neutral atoms - Cl- has a single excess electron, while Na+ is missing one electron'' If I draw the Lewis structure of this molecule NH3, here N has 5 valence electrons and H has 1 valence electron so N makes 3 covalent bonds with 3 H and still it has a lone pair of electrons. So N full fills its octet. On the other hand, If we look at the Lewis structure BF3, here B has 3 valence electrons and F has 7 valence electrons. As a result, B makes three covalent bonds with F and B does not full fill its octet. It needs two more electrons to fills its octet. Now N gives the electron pair to B, making N+ and B- ( a coordinate covalent bond formed between NH3 and BF3).
Now my question is that as you said above, ''Cl- has a single excess electron, while Na+ is missing one electron.'' similarly, can I take ''B- has a single excess electron, while ''N+ is missing one electron? Could you explain it, please?

Indranil said:
Now N gives the electron pair to B, making N+ and B- ( a coordinate covalent bond formed between NH3 and BF3).

These are not $N^+$ and $B^-$, but $N^\oplus$ and $B^\ominus$ - atoms bearing partial charges, meaning fraction of an electron (exactly how much depends on many factors and is best determined experimentally).

Just + and just - mean a single charge (expressed in the electron charges).

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Borek said:
These are not $N^+$ and ]itex]B^-[/itex], but $N^\oplus$ and $B^\ominus$ - atoms bearing partial charges, meaning fraction of an electron (exactly how much depends on many factors and is best determined experimentally).

Just + and just - mean a single charge (expressed in the electron charges).
I understand what you say a little bit. Could you help me to understand the difference in detail you gave above, please?

Think about it this way: electron spends some time close to one atom, some time close to other atom. If it stays on one side a bit longer, if we will try to measure the charge we will see a bit of excess of the electron charge there. That means a slight negative charge. At the same time exactly the same charge will be missing on the other side, so we will see a small positive charge there.

Borek said:

Think about it this way: electron spends some time close to one atom, some time close to other atom. If it stays on one side a bit longer, if we will try to measure the charge we will see a bit of excess of the electron charge there. That means a slight negative charge. At the same time exactly the same charge will be missing on the other side, so we will see a small positive charge there.
NH3 + HCl = NH4Cl
Ammonium ions, NH4+, are formed by the transfer of a hydrogen ion from the hydrogen chloride to the lone pair of electrons on the ammonia molecule.When the ammonium ion, NH4+, is formed, the fourth hydrogen is attached by a dative covalent bond, because only the hydrogen's nucleus is transferred from the chlorine to the nitrogen. The hydrogen's electron is left behind on the chlorine to form a negative chloride ion. and if we count the electrons NH4+, the total electrons should be 5 from N and 4 from H, 5 + 4 = 9 but due to ''+ ve,'' one electron is missing here. and in ''Cl-'' if we count the electrons, it should be 7 electrons but due to a "- ve" we find a single excess electron here. In this case, the concept is clear to me. but in the case below I still have a doubt.
Similarly like above, in NH3BF3 molecule, Is NH3+ missing one electron and BF3- has a single excess electron? this is my simple question.

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NH3BF3 is not ionic, it is not composed of NH3+ and BF3-.

Indranil said:
the total electrons should be 5 from N and 4 from H, 5 + 4 = 9 but due to ''+ ve,'' one electron is missing here

Not sure what you are doing here. ±ve is (in the context of molecules and dipoles present on them) usually used to describe partial charges, not full charges. Electron is missing not because of "+ve", but because neutral ammonia accepted a single proton into its lone pair, no electrons moved together with this proton.

Borek said:
NH3BF3 is not ionic, it is not composed of NH3+ and BF3-.
Not sure what you are doing here. ±ve is (in the context of molecules and dipoles present on them) usually used to describe partial charges, not full charges. Electron is missing not because of "+ve", but because neutral ammonia accepted a single proton into its lone pair, no electrons moved together with this proton.
You said above that 'neutral ammonia accepted a single proton into its lone pair,'
Could you tell me from which atom neutral ammonia accepts a single proton?

Single proton is a hydrogen nucleus.

Note: NH3 is ammonia, NH4+ is ammonium - that is, ammonia plus a proton. No such thing as NH3+, unless we are talking about some exotic conditions. NH3BF3 doesn't contain NH3+, all we can say is that there is some small positive charge around nitrogen atom (that's what the $N^\oplus$ means) that makes the molecule a dipole. I feel like you are confusing all these things at once.

Borek said:
Single proton is a hydrogen nucleus.

Note: NH3 is ammonia, NH4+ is ammonium - that is, ammonia plus a proton. No such thing as NH3+, unless we are talking about some exotic conditions. NH3BF3 doesn't contain NH3+, all we can say is that there is some small positive charge around nitrogen atom (that's what the $N^\oplus$ means) that makes the molecule a dipole. I feel like you are confusing all these things at once.
I understand the concept of NH4+ ion but Still, I am confused. Please help me to understand the concept.
Could you tell me from your explanations: 1. could you explain what exotic condition is?
2. how does the nitrogen atom get some small positive charge? Thanking you

Exotic conditions - for example we keep the ion in gaseous state, separated from others. It is not like these are defined in any way, it is just something that is very rare and not something you deal with on a daily basis (so if something needs exotic conditions to exist, you can safely assume it doesn't exist in typical conditions).

Why we observe partial charges I have explained earlier in the thread.

Borek said:
Single proton is a hydrogen nucleus.

Note: NH3 is ammonia, NH4+ is ammonium - that is, ammonia plus a proton. No such thing as NH3+, unless we are talking about some exotic conditions. NH3BF3 doesn't contain NH3+, all we can say is that there is some small positive charge around nitrogen atom (that's what the $N^\oplus$ means) that makes the molecule a dipole. I feel like you are confusing all these things at once.
Not sure what you are doing here. ±ve is (in the context of molecules and dipoles present on them) usually used to describe partial charges, not full charges. Electron is missing not because of "+ve", but because neutral ammonia accepted a single proton into its lone pair, no electrons moved together with this proton.

From your explanations above. I have doubts below:
1. What do you mean by 'dipole'? a dipole moment?
2. you said that there is small positive charge around Nitrogen due to partial charge. But as we know that 'N' is more electronegative than 'B' so the positive charge should be around 'B' like in OH, there is a positive charge around 'H' and negative charge around 'O' because 'O' is more electronegative than 'H".
3. From where 'N' gets single proton here?
Could you clarify these points, please? I am confused about these points.

Indranil said:
1. What do you mean by 'dipole'? a dipole moment?

Why don't you google for the definition?

2. you said that there is small positive charge around Nitrogen due to partial charge. But as we know that 'N' is more electronegative than 'B' so the positive charge should be around 'B' like in OH, there is a positive charge around 'H' and negative charge around 'O' because 'O' is more electronegative than 'H".

You can't ignore electronegativity of three fluorine atoms, they pull electrons in their direction through the B atom.

3. From where 'N' gets single proton here?

It doesn't get this proton "here". Ammonia gets protonated in water solutions by water, or by acids present. NH4+ got into discussion because you were all the time referring to non existing NH3+, which looks like a common mistyping of a common ion NH4+.

Borek said:
NH3BF3 is not ionic, it is not composed of NH3+ and BF3-.
Not sure what you are doing here. ±ve is (in the context of molecules and dipoles present on them) usually used to describe partial charges, not full charges. Electron is missing not because of "+ve", but because neutral ammonia accepted a single proton into its lone pair, no electrons moved together with this proton.
1. Could I consider 'dipoles' and 'partial charge' the same thing?
2. Could you tell me, in Al2Cl6 if we look at the structure, two molecules joined together using lone pairs on chlorine atoms to Aluminium by the coordinate bond. I marked the first molecule to be 1 and the second one to be 2. Now my question is that how does Cl of the 1st molecule give the lone pair of electrons to Al of the 2nd molecule and the vice-versa because the chlorine is more electronegative than aluminum?

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Indranil said:
1. Could I consider 'dipoles' and 'partial charge' the same thing?

No. Charge is charge (being "partial" doesn't change it into something else). Dipole requires two separated charges, not one.

2. Could you tell me, in Al2Cl6 if we look at the structure, two molecules joined together using lone pairs on chlorine atoms to Aluminium by the coordinate bond. I marked the first molecule to be 1 and the second one to be 2. Now my question is that how does Cl of the 1st molecule give the lone pair of electrons to Al of the 2nd molecule and the vice-versa because the chlorine is more electronegative than aluminum?

Electronegativity doesn't matter here. It will help you predict electrons are in general closer to the chlorine atoms, but it doesn't stop electrons from being shared.

Borek said:
No. Charge is charge (being "partial" doesn't change it into something else). Dipole requires two separated charges, not one.
Electronegativity doesn't matter here. It will help you predict electrons are in general closer to the chlorine atoms, but it doesn't stop electrons from being shared.
1. Is It correct if I say two chlorine atoms attached apply force on aluminum to receive the pair of electrons?
2. could you explain the point 'it doesn't stop electrons from being shared' because I only knew that more electronegative elements tend to attract electrons from less electronegative elements.?

## 1. How many protons are in NH3BF3?

There are a total of 11 protons in NH3BF3. Ammonia (NH3) has 7 protons, boron trifluoride (BF3) has 3 protons, and the extra hydrogen in NH3BF3 contributes 1 proton.

## 2. How many electrons are in NH3BF3?

There are a total of 14 electrons in NH3BF3. Ammonia (NH3) has 8 electrons, boron trifluoride (BF3) has 24 electrons, and the extra hydrogen in NH3BF3 contributes 2 electrons. However, since BF3 is a Lewis acid and can accept electrons, the actual number of electrons in NH3BF3 may vary depending on its chemical environment.

## 3. How do I calculate the number of protons in NH3BF3?

To calculate the number of protons in NH3BF3, you need to know the atomic number of each element present. For example, nitrogen (N) has an atomic number of 7, so NH3 has 7 protons. Boron (B) has an atomic number of 5, and fluorine (F) has an atomic number of 9, so BF3 has 3 protons and 9 protons respectively. To find the total number of protons in NH3BF3, you simply add these numbers together.

## 4. How do I calculate the number of electrons in NH3BF3?

To calculate the number of electrons in NH3BF3, you need to know the electron configuration of each element present. For example, nitrogen (N) has an electron configuration of 1s2 2s2 2p3, so NH3 has 8 electrons. Boron (B) has an electron configuration of 1s2 2s2 2p1, and fluorine (F) has an electron configuration of 1s2 2s2 2p5, so BF3 has a total of 24 electrons and 9 electrons respectively. To find the total number of electrons in NH3BF3, you simply add these numbers together.

## 5. How does the number of protons and electrons affect the properties of NH3BF3?

The number of protons and electrons in an atom or molecule determines its charge and overall stability. In NH3BF3, the number of protons and electrons is balanced, resulting in a neutral molecule. However, the distribution of electrons around the central boron atom can affect its reactivity and ability to act as a Lewis acid. Additionally, the presence of lone pairs of electrons on the nitrogen and boron atoms can contribute to the molecule's polarity and ability to form hydrogen bonds.

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