# Is ICl2- nonpolar or polar?

##### 1 Answer

Nonpolar. Its dipoles all cancel.

Never really heard of

To draw the **Lewis structure**, each halogen contributes

Hence, we can distribute

The hypothetical VSEPR-predicted structure would look like this:

Since the *electron geometry* was trigonal bipyramidal (*molecular geometry* is **triatomic linear**.

(Taking away atoms from a trigonal bipyramidal molecular geometry, you would get, in order, see-saw, T-shaped, triatomic linear, then diatomic linear.)

Since:

- The molecule has
*two identical non-central atoms*. - The structure is
*linear*, giving dipoles that are opposite in direction to each other. - The three lone pairs of electrons are
#120^@# away from each adjacent one, a*rotationally-symmetric*configuration; so, the lone-pair-bonding-pair repulsions sum to cancel out as well.

...it doesn't matter what the electronegativity difference is between **net dipole moment** of

Therefore, **nonpolar**.

**NOTE:** Although iodine is *less* electronegative, it *has* to hold the

Since the only way to rework formal charges is to form a double bond using one of