Technical Ben wrote:pizzazz wrote:I don't know if this is so much a "public" misconception, but the AP Biology teacher at my high school said that the part of the textbook that said PCl5 has 5 bonds was a typo.
I may be wrong, and hopefully someone with knowledge will post, but is that down to a different compounds? Wiki mentions PCl3 and PCl6. So either the book put down the wrong compound for what it was covering or describing (easy typo) or your teacher assumed it was another compound, mistakenly.
I've had several problems in chemistry class that involved detailed data about PCl5, and our teacher said he always uses real numbers on tests, so I have to believe PCl5 is a real compound.
And yes I believe she said the typo was that PCl5 does not really have 5 bonds.