# VSEPR shape of BCl_{3}

## How to find the shape of boron trichloride_{} using VSEPR theory?

Step 1: Use lewis structure guidelines to draw the lewis structure of BCl_{3}.

Step2: Apply VSEPR notation, A X E

A=Number of central atoms

X=Number of surrounding atoms

E= Number of lone pairs on central atom

For the above molecule VSEPR notation will be AX_{3}E_{0}

Step 3: Use VSEPR table to find the shape.
AX_{3} has trigonal planar shape. So the shape of BCl_{3} molecule is trigonal planar.

Download a copy of VSEPR shapes table here

## Bond angle in BCl_{3}

Bond angle of Cl-B-Cl covalent bond in BCl_{3}molecule is 120º.The representation is shown below.

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