When does hybridization occur?


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Ashley Wang 4G
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When does hybridization occur?

Postby Ashley Wang 4G » Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:12 pm

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?

Postby Angeline 3E » Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:57 pm

bump because I need an explanation on this too !!

Emily Vainberg 1D
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Re: When does hybridization occur?

Postby Emily Vainberg 1D » Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:21 am

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?

Postby Siddiq 1E » Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:23 am

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

Wendy 1E
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Re: When does hybridization occur?

Postby Wendy 1E » Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:43 am

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?

Postby Kelsey Ash 1D » Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:19 pm

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?

Postby Amy Pham 1D » Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:51 pm

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?

Postby Sam McNeill 1E » Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:48 pm

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?


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