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P4 (white phosphorus) when treated with thionyl chloride produces phosphorus ___. On the other hand if P4 (white phosphorus) is treated with sulphuryl chloride we get phosphorus ___.


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With Thionyl chloride, P4 gives PCl3

P4+8SOCl24PCl3+3S2Cl2+4SO2

While reacting with Sulphuryl Chloride, P4 yields Phosphorus Pentachloride:

P4+10SO2Cl24PCl5+10SO2


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