Hybridization and lone pairs


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Katie 1E
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Hybridization and lone pairs

Postby Katie 1E » Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:54 pm

Are lone pairs counted when considering hybridization?

Mitch Mologne 1A
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Re: Hybridization and lone pairs

Postby Mitch Mologne 1A » Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:59 pm

Yes you can consider lone pairs as a region of electron density! For example, H2O has two lone pairs but still has a hybridization of sp3.

Clara Rehmann 1K
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Re: Hybridization and lone pairs

Postby Clara Rehmann 1K » Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:19 pm

Yes - hybridization refers to regions of electron density so lone pairs contribute to it. The C atom in CH3 for example is sp3 hybridized because it has four regions of electron density (three in its bonds with H atoms and one as a lone pair).

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Re: Hybridization and lone pairs

Postby nanditasundarapandian1D » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:24 am

Yes, because lone pairs would simply be another area of electron density.


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