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    Knowing that the electronegativities of oxygen and chlorine are almost equal and both are greater than that of phosphorus,,
    Can we say that phosphorus oxychloride is a dipole though phosphorus is surrounded by equally electronegative ions?? If we can then how are the partial charges placed in a molecule??
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    (Original post by nayajueun)
    Knowing that the electronegativities of oxygen and chlorine are almost equal and both are greater than that of phosphorus,,
    Can we say that phosphorus oxychloride is a dipole though phosphorus is surrounded by equally electronegative ions?? If we can then how are the partial charges placed in a molecule??
    oxygen and chlorine do not have similar electronegativities ...

    POCl3 is tetrahedral with a dipole moment of 2.54 (Wiki)
 
 
 
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