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Diphosphane: Lewis Structure, Hybridization, Geometry

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Sketch a Lewis structure of the diamagnetic molecule diphosphane, ${ P }_{ 2 }{ H }_{ 4 }$, and use that structure to determine which of the statements that follow are true.

Select ALL that apply.

A

14 electrons are needed in the Lewis structure of ${ P }_{ 2 }{ H }_{ 4 }$.

B

The P-P bond is best described as a double bond.

C

The P atoms are ${ sp }^{ 3 }$ hybridized.

D

The phosphorus atoms have tetrahedral electron pair geometry and T-shaped molecular geometry.