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Kaylin Krahn 1I
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Postby Kaylin Krahn 1I » Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:29 pm

No one responded to me so I'm posting this question again

Is the solution manual indicating the shape of the molecule? Why is it drawn this way?

Ashley Davis 1I
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Re: 3.97

Postby Ashley Davis 1I » Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:51 pm

I think it's just drawn this way because that's what it says white phosphorous is, four phosphorouses each connected to three others. I wouldn't worry too much about it.

Katie Lam 1B
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Re: 3.97

Postby Katie Lam 1B » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:26 pm

It has to be drawn this way since there is a tetrahedral structure to the molecule. Each phosphorus atom is connected to all 3 of the other phosphorus atoms, but this is hard to convey using a 2D Lewis structure.

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