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Amanda Ung 4D
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Postby Amanda Ung 4D » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:00 pm

What exactly is hybridization and why are hybrid orbitals significant?

Anna Heckler 2C
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Re: Hybridization

Postby Anna Heckler 2C » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:08 pm

Hybridization occurs when atomic orbitals fuse together to form new hybridized orbitals.

Eesha Sohail 1D
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Re: Hybridization

Postby Eesha Sohail 1D » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:09 pm

When molecules are created, the way they share electrons messes with the shape of each atom's orbitals, and what ends up happening is that the orbitals "hybridize" to create molecular orbitals, rather than behaving the way they do with unbonded atoms. However, since we haven't really talked about it in lecture yet I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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Re: Hybridization

Postby aishwarya_atmakuri » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:11 pm

Hybridization is when 2 or more orbitals combine. For example, if a carbon has 4 bonds, all 4 of those bonds are the same. All the electrons cannot be in the same orbital, so in order for them to be equal, the orbitals have to hybridize.

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Re: Hybridization

Postby Ruby Richter 2L » Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:25 pm

In lecture today, Lavelle did an example concerning CH4 and its hybridization. I'm confused as to why the structure is "better explained" by mixing one 2s and three 2p orbitals to form four equivalent sp3 orbitals. What exactly does it mean to "mix" orbitals and why does it happen?

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Re: Hybridization

Postby 005384106 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:32 pm

Does hybridization depend on the number of bonds between atoms?

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Re: Hybridization

Postby BCaballero_4F » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:39 pm

005384106 wrote:Does hybridization depend on the number of bonds between atoms?

The number of hybrid orbitals depends on the number of regions of electron density.

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