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Counting for hybridization

Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:37 pm
by ShreyaKannan1B
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.

Re: Counting for hybridization

Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:37 pm
by zachary_nhem_4I
Yes, that's how our TA taught us to do it!

Re: Counting for hybridization

Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:38 pm
by KarineKim2L
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.