Question

According to Coulson the high reactivity of fluorine than other halogens is because of its:

A

high electronegativity

B

lesser internuclear repulsions

C

greater repulsions between non bonding electrons

D

All the above

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C

greater repulsions between non bonding electrons

According to Coulson, since fluorine atoms are small it's intermolecular repulsion is appreciable. The large electron-electron repulsion between the lone pairs of electrons on the fluorine atom weakens the bond.

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