Hybridization


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Ryan Troutman 4L
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Hybridization

Postby Ryan Troutman 4L » Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:23 pm

How do you know when to use sp2 or sp3 when doing hybridization? Can we also use sp4 and sp1?

becca_vandyke_4b
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Re: Hybridization

Postby becca_vandyke_4b » Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:25 pm

The number of hybridized orbitals matches the number of electron density regions in the shape of the molecule. So if there are four electron density regions it could be sp3. I don't think there is such thing as sp4 because the p-orbital only has three sub-orbitals.

Samantha Kwock 1D
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Re: Hybridization

Postby Samantha Kwock 1D » Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:31 pm

sp2 orbitals should be used when there are three regions of electron density in a molecule. sp3 orbitals should be used when there are four regions of electron density in a molecule. sp orbitals are used when there are only two regions of electron density. sp4 does not exist, to create five bonding orbitals, the hybridization would be sp3d.

Henri_de_Guzman_3L
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Re: Hybridization

Postby Henri_de_Guzman_3L » Sun Nov 25, 2018 6:12 pm

Remember:
# of hybridized orbitals = # of regions of electron density

Ryan Troutman 4L
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Re: Hybridization

Postby Ryan Troutman 4L » Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:11 pm

Thank you all so much! I completely overthought the process of hybridization and you all made it much more simple.


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