# VSEPR shape of PCl_{5}

## How to find the shape of Phosphorous pentachloride_{} using VSEPR theory?

Step 1: Use lewis structure guidelines to draw the lewis structure of PCl_{5}.

Step2: Apply VSEPR notation, A X E

A=Number of central atoms

X=Number of surrounding atoms

E= Number of lone pairs on central atom

For the above molecule VSEPR notation will be AX_{5}

Step 3: Use VSEPR table to find the shape.
AX_{5} Trigonal Bipyramidal shape. So the shape of PCl_{5} molecule is Trigonal Bipyramidal.

Download a copy of VSEPR shapes table here

## Bond angle in PCl_{5}

Bond angle of Cl-P-Cl covalent bond in this

_{} molecule is 120º.The representation is shown below.

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