What is the molecular geometry of the #PF_3# molecule?

1 Answer
Dec 15, 2016

Answer:

Trigonal Pyramidal

Explanation:

The three F atoms bond to the P, but this leaves a lone pair as the fourth electron pair in the valence shell of phosphorus. These nonbonding electrons repel the three bonding pairs and create the 3-dimensional geometry rather than a simple trigonal planar shape.