Labeling hybridization in Test 3


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Rian Montagh 2K
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Labeling hybridization in Test 3

Postby Rian Montagh 2K » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:48 pm

For test 3 number 3c., I was asked to write the hybridization a nitrogen atom that was bonded to a carbon and two hydrogens, and had a lone pair. I thought that it would have a tetrahedral formation with the four e- densities, so I labeled it sp3 and it was wrong. What's the correct hybridization and why?

Henry Krasner 1C
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Re: Labeling hybridization in Test 3

Postby Henry Krasner 1C » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:20 pm

Because of the 3 bonds and one lone pair, although the geometry is tetrahedral, the actual shape would be trigonal pyramidal, because of the lone pair. This would result in angles slightly less than 109.5 degrees.

Alana Sur 3B
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Re: Labeling hybridization in Test 3

Postby Alana Sur 3B » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:39 pm

Your hybridization was correct - 4 regions of electron density should be an sp3 hybridization


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