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Solution: The phosphorus trihalides (PX3) show the following variation in the bond angle X-P-X: PF3, 96.3 ; , 100.3 PCl3 ; , 101.0 ; , 102.0 Pl3 . The trend is generally attributed to the change in the electronegativity of the halogen.Using the VSEPR model, explain the observed trend in X-P-X angle as the electronegativity of X changes.

Solution: The phosphorus trihalides (PX3) show the following variation in the bond angle X-P-X: PF3, 96.3 ; , 100.3 PCl3 ; , 101.0 ; { m Pl_3}, 102.0 Pl3 . The trend is generally attributed to the change in t

Problem

The phosphorus trihalides (PX3) show the following variation in the bond angle X-P-X: PF3, 96.3 ; , 100.3 PCl3 ; , 101.0 ; , 102.0 Pl3 . The trend is generally attributed to the change in the electronegativity of the halogen.

Using the VSEPR model, explain the observed trend in X-P-X angle as the electronegativity of X changes.