Hybridization of Central Atom


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Emma Randolph 1J
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Hybridization of Central Atom

Postby Emma Randolph 1J » Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:10 pm

Can someone explain to me how to know if the hybridization of an atom is either in 1s or 2s? For example in number 2.45 in the 7th edition, the book asks to Identify the composition of the bonds and the hybridization of each lone pair—for example, by writing s (H1s,C2sp 2). How do you know that the carbons are in the second orbital (2sp^2) rather than just sp^2?

Gary Qiao 1D
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Re: Hybridization of Central Atom

Postby Gary Qiao 1D » Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:17 pm

I think it is because carbon is on the second row of the periodic table, making it 2.

Julia Lee
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Re: Hybridization of Central Atom

Postby Julia Lee » Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:59 pm

This is simply due to the period number of Carbon.

Megan Wong 4E
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Re: Hybridization of Central Atom

Postby Megan Wong 4E » Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:27 pm

Just to reiterate what has been said previously, the 2 (coefficient in front of sp) in 2sp^2 is basically like the n quantum number that states the energy level such as in 2s or 2p.

2sp shows that the s and p orbitals from n=2 have been hybridized.


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