Why do we hybridize?

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Why do we hybridize?

Postby Emily_Vilshtein_3B » Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:51 pm

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?

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Re: Why do we hybridize?

Postby Kendall_Chaffin_3C » Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:34 pm

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

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Re: Why do we hybridize?

Postby caitlin_oberman_2G » Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:51 pm

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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