## Why do we hybridize?

$sp, sp^{2}, sp^{3}, dsp^{3}, d^{2}sp^{3}$

Emily_Vilshtein_3B
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### Why do we hybridize?

Hello!
During lectures, I'm following how we are relating hybridizations to molecular shape, but I just don't understand why we hybridize separate orbitals to make them one. What is the purpose of hybridization?

Kendall_Chaffin_3C
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### Re: Why do we hybridize?

Hybridized orbits are lower in energy and therefore more favorable then unhybridized orbitals. So hybridization occurs to create more stable compounds.

caitlin_oberman_2G
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### Re: Why do we hybridize?

Hybrid orbitals tend to be more stable since they allow for a new molecule to have minimal electron repulsion, therefore creating stronger bonds.

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