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Postby CaminaB_1D » Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:36 pm

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

What does it mean by relative orientations? what answer is this question exactly looking for?

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Re: 4.31

Postby Fayez Kanj » Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:51 pm

I think by orientation, they mean electron arrangement/geometry. This would be the basic shapes (ie: linear, trigonal planar, tetrahedral, trigonal bipyramidal or octahedral)

So for example, sp3 would be tetrahedral, since there are 4 hybrid orbitals, and there is the conservation of orbitals

Hope this helps :)

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Re: 4.31

Postby Vanadium Wang 4H » Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:43 am

Relative orientations would refer to how the molecule is arranged. For instance, the sp3 orbitals are oriented toward the corners of a tetrahedron (109.5o apart)

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