S- Character

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Cienna Henry 1J
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S- Character

Postby Cienna Henry 1J » Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:12 pm

What is the s-character of a hybrid orbital and why does it increasing cause the bond angle to increase?

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Re: S- Character

Postby Angela Grant 1D » Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:21 pm

s-character is how much of a hybrid orbital is made up of the s orbital (ie sp = 50%, sp2 = 33%, sp3= 25%, etc.)

increasing s-character is basically decreasing the number of bonds, which allows for more space between bonds, therefore increasing bond angles.

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