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Why does nitrogen show catenation properties less than phosphorus?

7.14  Why does nitrogen show catenation properties less than phosphorus?

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The single $\dpi{80} N-N$ bond in nitrogen is weaker than the single $\dpi{80} P-P$ bond because of high interelectronic repulsion of the non-bonding electrons in $\dpi{80} N_{2}$, due to the small bond length. Therefor,  the catenation tendency is weaker in nitrogen.

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