How would you use the VSEPR theory to predict the geometry of the #PCl_3# molecule?

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Jul 14, 2016

Answer:

4 electron pairs surround phosphorus; these are arranged in a tetrahedron......BUT

Explanation:

We describe molecular geometry on the basis of atomic not electronic geometry. The geometry of phosphorus trichloride descends to trigonal pyramidal. The #/_Cl-P-Cl# is approximately #105""^@#.