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Hybridization and drawing

Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:15 pm
by Aidan Ryan 1B
Can hybridization help with drawing or do you have to draw the vsepr structure before figuring out the hybridization?

Re: Hybridization and drawing

Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:10 pm
by Tarika Gujral 1K
Hybridization depends on regions of electron density. While VSEPR does help visualize these regions, it is not necessary to determine hybridization.

Re: Hybridization and drawing

Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:31 pm
by timschaeffer Dis 1J
the hybridization (sp, sp2, sp3, etc) will be able to tell you how many regions of electron density there are around an atom, which you can use to check your answer for your VSEPR and lewis drawings. In general, it is easier to get the right lewis drawing (because this is a more basic concept), and then use the number of electron density regions to then determine the hybridization.

Re: Hybridization and drawing

Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:53 pm
by Rami_Z_AbuQubo_2K
All though hybridization does relate to VSEPR, its main focus is not about helping you draw the model. All hybridization does is illustrate how many areas of electron density there are in a specific molecule and those fields can either be a boding pair or a lone pair. You can use it to help with smaller molecules but it is not necessary and it gets really complicated when you have much bigger molecules(then it becomes pointless and just slows you down).