Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Bonding quest.

  1. Apr 17, 2005 #1
    would nitrogen form NCl3 and NCl5 as PCl3 and PCl5?
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 17, 2005 #2
  4. Apr 17, 2005 #3


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper

    It can't form [itex] NCl_{5} [/itex] because it can't use free "d" orbitals,therefore cannot hybridyze [itex]sp^{3}d [/itex]...

    I think it's much easier for phosphorus to form a pentafluoride,becasue the fluor atoms are smaller.

Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook