Pentahalides are more covalent than trihalides. why?

Asked by viveksureshkumar | 2nd Dec, 2010, 11:23: PM

Expert Answer:

In pentahalides, the oxidation state is +5 and in trihalides, the oxidation state is +3. Since the metal ion with a high charge has more polarizing power, pentahalides are more covalent than trihalides

Answered by  | 3rd Dec, 2010, 12:58: AM

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