What is the value of the bond angles in BCl 3?
We’re being asked to identify the bond angle in BCl3. Since we don’t know the Lewis structure for BCl3, 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: Determine the number of electron groups around the indicated atom.
Step 5: Determine the electron geometry and bond angle using this:
Electron Regions Electronic Geometry Bond Angles
2 linear 180˚
3 trigonal planar 120˚
4 tetrahedral 109.5˚
5 trigonal bipyramidal 90˚, 120˚, and 180˚
6 octahedral 90˚ and 180˚