## Counting for hybridization

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

ShreyaKannan1B
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### Counting for hybridization

Can I just count the bonds on an atom and determine the hybridization by making sure the exponents of the s and p add up to that number? I feel like that's what I did in high school, don't remember exactly though.

zachary_nhem_4I
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### Re: Counting for hybridization

Yes, that's how our TA taught us to do it!

KarineKim2L
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### Re: Counting for hybridization

I believe that works. The number of electron dense regions should match up with how many total orbitals you have. For example, tetrahedral electron geometries will always be sp^3 hybridization.