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Why sp3 hybridisation in NH3 but bonding with pure p orbitals in case of other hydrides of group 15 [duplicate]

According to my book, the following line was given relating to the bond angle in Group 15 elements The bond angle in PH3, AsH3 and SbH3 is close to 92° which suggests that the orbitals used for ...
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Why is bond angle of H2O greater than that of PH3? [duplicate]

Central atom of water has two lone pairs and that of phosphine has one lone pair, then why isn't bond angle of water smaller?
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What is Bent's rule?

I'm all bent out of shape trying to figure out what Bent's rule means. I have several formulations of it, and the most common formulation is also the hardest to understand. Atomic s character ...
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Why does bond angle decrease in the order H2O, H2S, H2Se?

I know that bond angle decreases in the order $\ce{H2O}$, $\ce{H2S}$ and $\ce{H2Se}$. I wish to know the reason for this. I think this is because of the lone pair repulsion but how?
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Why does basicity of group 15 hydrides decrease down the group?

In my textbook it is written that the order of basic strength of pnictogen hydrides is $$\ce{NH3 > PH3 > AsH3 > SbH3 > BiH3}$$ I tried but could not find any explanation as to why this ...
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What is Drago's rule? Does it really exist?

My textbooks states the Drago's rule in inorganic chemistry as follows: The more electronegative atom prefers the orbital having more $\mathrm{p}$ character, and lone-pairs or less electronegative ...
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Why is the inversion barrier larger in PH3 than it is in NH3?

The inversion barrier in $\ce{NH3}$ is approximately $5~\mathrm{kcal~mol^{-1}}$ and that of $\ce{PH3}$ is $35~\mathrm{kcal~mol^{-1}}$. This has well-known stereochemical consequences in that amines ...
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Why the bond angle of PH3 is lesser that that of PF3?

We can explain why the bond angle of $\ce{NF3}$ (102°29') is lesser than $\ce{NH3}$ (107°48') by the VSEPR theory, since lone pair lone pair repulsion is greater than lone pair bond pair repulsion. ...
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Why does SO2 have a larger bond angle than H2O, H2S, and NH3

So we have to find which of the follwing compounds has the smallest bond angle: $\ce{H2O}$, $\ce{H2S}$, $\ce{NH3}$, $\ce{SO2}$. So L $\propto \frac{1}{BA}$ where $L$ is the number of lone pairs and $...
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Hybridization in PH3

Does $\ce{PH3}$ exhibit $\ce{sp^3}$ hybridization? Arguments against hybridization: $\ce{PH3}$ is less basic than $\ce{NH3}$. This jibes with the supposition that $\ce{PH3}$ keeps its lone pair in ...
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How do electronegativity and lone pairs affect bond angles?

How do bond angles vary in molecules with a lone pair and central atom of different electronegativity, but in the same period so that electronegativity matters more than orbital size? Let's assume ...
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What is the hybridization state of E (= Sn, C) in ECl₂?

What is the hybridization state of tin in tin(II) chloride, $\ce{SnCl2}$, and is the explanation similar for dichlorocarbene, $\ce{CCl2}$? For $\ce{SnCl2}$, I read in my book that it is sp² but I am ...
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Why does NCl3 use sp³ hybrid orbitals?

I have a question regarding the hybridization of $\ce{NCl3}$. From what I've understood, hybridization occurs when electrons belonging to different orbitals mix. For example an electron belonging to ...
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Does Bent's Rule only apply to molecules where there is hybridisation?

I would just like to ask if the pre-requisite for using Bent's Rule is that the bonding in the molecule involves hybridised orbitals. I was thinking of why the bond angle in hydrogen sulfide (~ 92 ...
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Why is this PH3 considered to be an unhybridized molecule? [duplicate]

Also, don't hybrid orbitals appear in all molecules? The answer by "ron" says "the molecule can be viewed as being unhybridized": How does lone pair of a central atom affect the dipole moment?
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