General Chemistry 10th Edition

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1-28505-137-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-28505-137-6

Chapter 9 - Ionic and Covalent Bonding - Exercises - Page 355: 9.9


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We will calculate the total number of valence electrons. As $C$ has four while $Cl$ and $F$ have seven electrons each. Thus total number of valence electrons is $4+2\times 7+2\times 7=32$ So the skeleton sketch consists of a carbon atom surrounded by two Cl and two F atoms.
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