What is the molecular shape of phosphorus trichloride (#PCl_3#)? What are the bond angles in this molecule?

1 Answer
Mar 6, 2016

Answer:

Trigonal pyramid, Tetrahedral, #107^@#.

Explanation:

The Lewis structure of #PCl_3# is the following:

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This is under the form of #AX_3E# where #X# represents the bounded groups #Cl# and #E# represents the lone pairs.

The geometric shape is: Trigonal pyramid

The electron-pairs arrangement is: Tetrahedral

This is similar to the ammonia molecule #NH_3#.

The bond angle is equal to #107^@#.