Answer to Question #204781 in General Chemistry for Rajay Myrie

Question #204781

PH3 has the same geometry as NH3, however, the bond angle in PH3 is less than that in NH3. Provide an explanation for this observation. 


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2021-06-11T01:58:32-0400

The bond angle in NH3​ is larger than, in PH3​ because the P−H bonds are longer and the lower electronegativity of P permits electron-density to be displaced towards hydrogen to a greater extent than in the case of NH3.

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