Why can't bigger elements such as phosphorous and arsenic form p pi-p pi bonds with themselves and with other elements?

Asked by deepti_walvekar | 22nd Oct, 2010, 12:00: AM

Expert Answer:

Phosphorous has electronic configuration 1s2,2s2,2p6,3s2,3p3,3d0 and only three 'p 'orbitals can participate during the formation of the bond and one 'p' orbital will form one sigma bond and other will formed pie bond beacuse of the positions of 'p' orbitals in the space which is not allowing them to make sigma bond and they are only able to make pie bond.

Answered by  | 22nd Oct, 2010, 11:40: AM

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