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The molecular geometry of ClF3

  1. Oct 10, 2009 #1
    Hi, I thought that ClF3 is trigonal bipyramid or triangular bipyramidal. But it is not, so I don't know what it should be named in molecular geometry.

    Thank you so much to whom ever will answer my confusing thoughts right now! Thank you!!!
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2009
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 10, 2009 #2
    Look at the lone electron pairs on the chlorine. There are two lone pairs, giving it the form AB3E2. What does VSEPR theory tell you about this shape?
     
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