## When does hybridization occur?

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

Ashley Wang 4G
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### When does hybridization occur?

Hi,

I'm confused as to when hybridization of orbitals occurs. Should we think of it as exceptions, or is it something that always occurs?

Thank you!

Angeline 3E
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### Re: When does hybridization occur?

bump because I need an explanation on this too !!

Emily Vainberg 1D
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### Re: When does hybridization occur?

Hybridization is always happening. When you have a molecule, the atoms are moving around which create energy and cause hybridization to occur. For any given molecule you can find hybridization orbitals. Ex. NH3 is 2sp3

Siddiq 1E
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### Re: When does hybridization occur?

Same as above!! Does that mean we can determine hybridization in every molecule??

Wendy Perez 1E
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### Re: When does hybridization occur?

Hybridization doesn't always occur when forming bonds. It only occurs when an atom needs to form more bonds than it would be able to in a ground state.

Kelsey Ash 1D
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### Re: When does hybridization occur?

Hybridization occurs when an atom needs to form more bonds than it would normally form in its ground state

Amy Pham 1D
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### Re: When does hybridization occur?

Kelsey Ash 1D wrote:Hybridization occurs when an atom needs to form more bonds than it would normally form in its ground state

And how would we know when an atom needs more bonds than normally found in its ground state? Is it based on bond angles?

Sam McNeill 1E
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### Re: When does hybridization occur?

Wait I thought that hybridization occurred on all atoms, so it is only those that make more bonds than the number of electrons in their highest energy level?