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Explain giving reason. Nitrogen exists as a diatomic molecule whereas Phosphorous exists as tetra atomic molecule

Explain giving reason. Nitrogen exists as a diatomic molecule whereas Phosphorous
exists as tetra atomic molecule

Grade:upto college level

1 Answers

Gaurav
askIITians Faculty 164 Points
6 years ago
Hello Student
N is very small in size. Due to its small size N can form multiple p-pi bonds with other N atom.
This type of Pi bonding is not possible in P atom due to its larger size. This is the reason why P exist in tetra atomic form with P atoms forming sigma bonds only

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