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Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:02 pm
I understand the basic concept of finding the hybridization of an atom in a compound, but what exactly causes this hybridization to occur?
Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:23 pm
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.
Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:10 pm
Hybridization occurs because hybridized orbitals are lower in energy than unhybridized ones so they are favored when forming molecules.
Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:27 pm
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.