3 regions of e- density


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Tess McDaniel 1F
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3 regions of e- density

Postby Tess McDaniel 1F » Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:28 pm

In my notes I wrote that if there are three regions of electron density than you will get a 4sp^3 hybridized orbital, can someone explain where the 4 coefficient comes from here?

Jessica Schirmer 1J
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Re: 3 regions of e- density

Postby Jessica Schirmer 1J » Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:47 pm

If there are 3 regions of e- density, then the hybridized orbitals would be sp^2. The coefficient in front of the type of orbital, the "4" in your problem, describes the energy level in which they fall into.

For example, methane (CH4) has four regions of e- density, therefore has hybrid orbitals of 2sp^3 because they fall into the second energy level.

Erik Khong 2E
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Re: 3 regions of e- density

Postby Erik Khong 2E » Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:57 pm

Pretty sure you accidentally wrote the wrong number. It's supposed to b 2sp^3.

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Re: 3 regions of e- density

Postby Rachel Formaker 1E » Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:16 pm

The coefficient when describing a hybridized orbital describes the energy level of the orbital being hybridized.
So in general, when there are 4 regions of electron density, there will be sp3 hybridization.

Using the coefficient 4 in 4sp3 means that the element with the hybridized orbitals is in Period 4 (like Ge, As, or Se).
In the problems we've been doing 2sp3 has appeared the most because we've been working primarily with elements like carbon, which is in Period 2.


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