Tag: bond

bond – Bonding in the phosphate ion

The Question : 24 people think this question is useful I’m looking for an explanation of the bonding in the phosphate (PO43−) ion: (Image courtesy of Wikipedia) Phosphorus (15P) – being the fifteenth element – has fifteen electrons, five valence electrons and the following electron configuration: 1s2 2s2 2p6 3s2 3p3 This being so, by

bond – Hypervalency and the octet rule

The Question : 33 people think this question is useful I realize that the octet rule is more a suggestion than a rule, and that it applies mainly to non-transition metal compounds. Still, compounds that don’t have an octet, like $\ce{BH3}$, tend to dimerize or disproportionate in order to achieve an octet. In recent SE