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Trigonal Planar Molecular Geometry

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  • AX3 AX3
    Shape: trigonal planar
    Steric Number: 3
    Lone Pairs: 0
    Polar/NonPolar: NonPolar
    Hybridization: sp2
    Examples: BF3, CO32-

    NOTES: This molecule is made up of 3 equally spaced sp2 hybrid orbitals arranged at 120o angles. The shape of the orbitals is planar triangular. Since there is an atom at the end of each orbital, the shape of the molecule is also planar triangular.

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