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Oxides of Nitrogen have open chain structure, while those of Phosphorous have closed chain or cage structures. Why is it so?

Oxides of Nitrogen have open chain structure, while those of Phosphorous have
closed chain or cage structures. Why is it so?

Grade:upto college level

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Gaurav
askIITians Faculty 164 Points
8 years ago
Hello Student
N due to smaller size can form effective p,pi-ppi as a result N forms multiple bonds with O and oxides of nitrogen have open chain structure. P , due to its larger size does not form this type of multiple bonds with oxygen but instead forms single bonds and forms oxides with cage like structure

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