Problem: What is the name of the hybrid orbitals used by phosphorus in PCl 3?

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We are being asked to identify the hybrid orbitals used by phosphorus (P) or the hybridization of P in PCl3. First, we will have to draw the Lewis Structure of PCl3.


Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.

P → less electronegative atom than Cl → central atom


Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.          

PCl3:

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What is the name of the hybrid orbitals used by phosphorus in PCl 3?

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