# Problem: Is ClF3 polar or non polar?

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We're being asked to determine the polarity of ClF3.

For this problem, we need to do the following steps:

Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.

Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.

Step 3: Draw the Lewis structure for the molecule.

Step 4: Draw dipole arrows for each bond.

Step 5: Determine the polarity of the molecule.

Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.

Chlorine (EN=3) is less electronegative than fluorine (EN=4) so chlorine is the central atom.

Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.

The total number of valence electrons present in ClF3 is:

Group             Valence Electrons

Cl           7A                   1 × 7 e7 e

F            7A                   3 × 7 e21 e

Total:  28 valence e ###### Problem Details

Is ClF3 polar or non polar?