## Knowing when hybridization occurs

$sp, sp^{2}, sp^{3}, dsp^{3}, d^{2}sp^{3}$

Katie Bart 1I
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### Knowing when hybridization occurs

How do you know when hybridization will occur? Does it only occur when an atom forms more bonds than the number of unpaired electrons it has?

Ziyan Wang 3J
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### Re: Knowing when hybridization occurs

It always occur if the atom has more than one electron domain.

Sydney Myers 4I
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### Re: Knowing when hybridization occurs

It is mainly helpful to know the hybridization when bonding occurs because it can help visualize which bonds are placed where. Like double bonds can be comprised of a hybrid orbital and a regular orbital, because the bond is counted as a single region of electron density.

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### Re: Knowing when hybridization occurs

Hybridization occurs everytime there are multiple electron domains.

Rohan Kubba Dis 4B
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### Re: Knowing when hybridization occurs

Basically, if molecule has more than one bonding site (ie usually 3 atoms or a lone pair), hybridization will occur. If you think about it, hybridization is directly related to the number of bonding sites as well: eg. 3 bonding sites= sp2, 4 bonding sites=sp3 and so on and so forth.

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### Re: Knowing when hybridization occurs

The purpose of hybridization is to result in an overall lower energy level. Therefore, I think as long as there's bonds that involves the p orbital, there will be hybridization between s and p to form an energy level in between.

Matthew Chan 1B
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### Re: Knowing when hybridization occurs

Orbitals hybridize whenever the resulting molecule will be lower in energy.