What Is the Lewis Dot Structure for Chlorine Pentafluoride?


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The Lewis Dot structure for chlorine pentafluoride, a compound containing one chlorine atom and five fluorine atoms, is drawn with the chlorine, represented by Cl, connected with a single bond to each of the five fluoride atoms, symbolized by Fl.

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Each Fl symbol has six dots around it, with two on each side, representing the valence electrons for each fluorine atom.

The chlorine atom is drawn with two dots, both on a single side, as the chlorine atom only has two valence electrons.

There are no dots on the side of the symbol with the connecting line, as that line represents a shared pair between the two atoms.

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