Dipoles and Electrostatic Surfaces

XeF4 Xenon Tetrafluoride, ClF3 Chlorine Trifluoride and CCl3Br Bromotrichloromethane

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Xenon Tetrafluoride and Chlorine trifluoride

Xenon tetrafluoride is squar planar. The Xe-F bonds are all polarized but they cancel one another out so the molecule has no dipole. Chlorine trifluoride has three polarized bonds and they combine to produce a small molecular dipole along the Cl-F bond. BrCCl3CCl3BrClF3 Bromotrichloromethane is tetrahedral. The less polar C-Br bond does not quite balance the more polar C-Cl bonds so there is a small molecular dipole.

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