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hybridization

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:02 pm
by Caitlin_Murphy_3C
I understand the basic concept of finding the hybridization of an atom in a compound, but what exactly causes this hybridization to occur?

Re: hybridization

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:23 pm
by Kelsey Warren 1I
I think all we really need to know about the cause of hybridization is that it makes the molecule formed more stable and that a hybrid orbital interacting with the other atom's orbital makes the bond stronger/more balanced, whichever makes the most sense to you.

Re: hybridization

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:10 pm
by jonathanjchang2E
Hybridization occurs because hybridized orbitals are lower in energy than unhybridized ones so they are favored when forming molecules.

Re: hybridization

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:27 pm
by 405112316
Also, when an atom bonds, it realistically forms bonds that are equal in strength. Therefore, hybridization mixes together different orbital levels to create an entirely new orbital that equalizes all bonds.