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Explain the structure of pcl3 and pcl5. 


Asked by Sezaljathorar 22nd July 2019, 5:55 PM
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1) Structure of PCl3:

 It has a pyramidal shape as shown, in which phosphorus is sp3 hybridised.


2) Structure of PCl5:

  • It has a trigonal bipyramidal structure, in gaseous and liquid phases.
  • The three equatorial P–Cl bonds are equivalent, while the two axial bonds are longer than equatorial bonds.
  • This is due to the axial bond pairs suffer more repulsion as compared to equatorial bond pairs


Answered by Expert 22nd July 2019, 7:01 PM
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