7.16   Can PCI_{5} act as an oxidising as well as a reducing agent? Justify.

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No PCI_{5} can not  act as reducing agent but it can act as an oxidising. In PCI_{5}, phosphorus have  its highest oxidation state (+5)  which cannot be increased further but it can decrease its oxidation state and act as an oxidizing agent. For example-

Sn \:+\:\overset{+5}{\:\:2PCl_{5}}\rightarrow SnCl_{4}+\:\overset{+3}{\:2PCl_{3}}

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