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VSEPR calculation for chlorine trifluoride, ClF3

Refer to the previous section for a discussion on the isomer possibilities for this compound.

Chlorine trifluoride, ClF3
Lewis structure: ClF3.gif
Central atom: chlorine
Valence electrons on central atom: 7
3 F atoms each contribute 1 electron: 3
Total: 10
Divide by 2 to give electron pairs 5
5 electron pairs: trigonal bipyramidal geometry for the five shape-determining electron pairs
ClF3
The geometry of chlorine trifluoride, ClF3. You can use your mouse to manipulate the molecule in the right hand "Jmol" image.

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