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Lewis Structure for IF3

  1. Nov 9, 2006 #1
    Trying to draw Lewis structure for IF3. There's four atoms, so 32 electrons needed minus the 28 availabe (7 valence each) give 4 electron bonded pairs, which is 2 bonds... but there has to be at least 3. I'm stupid, what am I missing?

    edit: never mind i got it
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2006
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  3. Nov 9, 2006 #2


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    You're missing nothing...except the fact that it needn't always be possible to have octets everywhere.
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