explain the formation of PCl2 and H2O with the help of VSEPR theory.

Asked by gargisehrawat | 28th Sep, 2010, 06:47: PM

Expert Answer:

The O in H2O has 2 bond pairs and 2 lone pairs (again, 4 total pairs). The electron pair orientation around O is tetrahedral. Two corners of the tetrahedron are "missing" because they are occupied by lone pairs, not atoms.  The shape is called bent. The H-O-H bond angle is 104.4°. This angle is less than that in NH3, due in part to the greater repulsions felt with two lone pairs

I don't think PCl2 can exist in nature under normal conditions.

Answered by  | 28th Sep, 2010, 09:11: PM

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