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Chapter 5, Problem 5.6YT
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Predicting the Shapes of Molecules

Use Lewis theory and VSEPR theory to predict the electron and molecular geometry of PCl 3 .

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

Using the Lewis structure and VSEPR theory, the electron geometry and molecular geometry of PCl3 are to be predicted.

Concept introduction:

VSEPR (valence shell electron pair repulsion) theory is helpful in predicting the shapes of molecules from their Lewis structures.

The electron and molecular geometries of a molecule are determined on the basis of the total number of electron groups, the number of bonding groups, and the number of lone pairs.

Explanation of Solution

The Lewis structure of PCl3 is as follows:

The central atom is phosphorus

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