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A common form of elemental phosphorus is the tetrahedral

Chemistry: The Central Science | 12th Edition | ISBN: 9780321696724 | Authors: Theodore E. Brown; H. Eugene LeMay; Bruce E. Bursten; Catherine Murphy; Patrick Woodward ISBN: 9780321696724 27

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Problem 110IE

Problem 110IE

A common form of elemental phosphorus is the tetrahedral P4 molecule, where all four phosphorus atoms are equivalent:

At room temperature phosphorus is a solid. (a) Do you think there are any unshared pairs of electrons in the P4 molecule? (b) How many  bonds are there in the molecule? (c) Can you draw a Lewis structure for a linear P4 molecule that satisfies the octet rule? (d) Using formal charges, what can you say about the stability of the linear molecule versus that of the tetrahedral molecule?

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Chapter 2: Atoms, Ions, and Molecules: The Building Blocks of Matter Key: Calculate: Calc Number: # negative: neg + moles: mol (s) proton: p isotopes: iso 0 Average: avg molecules: molec neutron: n ­ With: w/ electrons: e Chemical: chem positive: pos  Learning Objectives

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Textbook: Chemistry: The Central Science
Edition: 12
Author: Theodore E. Brown; H. Eugene LeMay; Bruce E. Bursten; Catherine Murphy; Patrick Woodward
ISBN: 9780321696724

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