Hybridized orbitals

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Hybridized orbitals

Postby Madelyn Cearlock » Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:48 pm

Can someone please explain how the one s orbital and one p orbital creates the 2sp hybridized orbitals?

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Re: Hybridized orbitals

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:07 pm

You do not need to know the specific details but just know that the one s and three p orbitals would mix to form four sp orbitals. The reason we know this is because a AX4 molecule (central atom with four attachments) has a tetrahedral shape, which means that the hybridized orbitals are equal in electron density and other factors.

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