Boron

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Jordan Y4D
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Boron

Postby Jordan Y4D » Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:45 pm

How would an atom with a deficient octet’s shape be affected by hybridization?

Manya Bali 4E
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Re: Boron

Postby Manya Bali 4E » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:46 pm

I believe that atoms such as Boron are still hybridized during bonding but since they can only hold fewer than an octet, their hybridized orbitals have to correspond accordingly. For example, boron in BF^3 would have one s orbital and 2 p orbitals that form 3 sp^2 hybridized orbitals. After all, without hybridization, the arrangement of electrons (2 in boron's 1s orbital and 1 in boron's 2p orbital) would not let it form bonds with 3 fluorine atoms. For BF^4 - however, it would be sp3 hybridization so it depends on the molecule the atom is in.


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