Question 4.31 (Sixth Edition)

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Steve Magana 2I
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Question 4.31 (Sixth Edition)

Postby Steve Magana 2I » Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:59 pm

Question: State the relative orientations of the following hybrid orbitals: (a) sp3; (b) sp; (c) sp3d2; (d) sp2.

What does it mean by stating the relative orientations? Thank you!

Elisa Bass 4L
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Re: Question 4.31 (Sixth Edition)

Postby Elisa Bass 4L » Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:14 pm

This question is asking for how the hybrid orbitals would likely be arranged three dimensionally around the nucleus. You can determine this by looking at the number of regions of electron density and then determining what shape a molecule in which all the regions had bonds would be. For example, the hybridized orbitals in the first example likely has tetrahedral arrangement around the nucleus because there are four regions of electron density.

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