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# What is the molecular shape of phosphorus trichloride (PCl_3)? What are the bond angles in this molecule?

Trigonal pyramid, Tetrahedral, 107^@.

The Lewis structure of PCl_3 is the following:

This is under the form of AX_3E where X represents the bounded groups Cl and E represents the lone pairs.

The geometric shape is: Trigonal pyramid

The electron-pairs arrangement is: Tetrahedral

This is similar to the ammonia molecule NH_3.

The bond angle is equal to 107^@.