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Phosphorus forms both trihalides (PX3) and pentahalides (PX5) where X = F Cl Br and I. True or False?


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True

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False

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The correct option is B

False


Phosphorus forms two types of halides

  1. Pentahalides of the form (PX5) where X = F Cl Br.
  2. Trihalides of the form (PX3) where X = F Cl Br and I

Iodine atom is probably too large to exist in a PI5 structure around the central Phosphorus atom.


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