Identifying hybridizations


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Ashley Wang 4G
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Identifying hybridizations

Postby Ashley Wang 4G » Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:14 pm

From what I understand, we are meant to identify hybridization based on the VSEPR model? As in the hybridization is adapted to explain the experimental evidence.

Are there other tips for identifying hybridization? Do we always have to draw out the valence orbitals for each atom, or should we just memorize which hybridization corresponds to which VSEPR shape?

Thank you!

Bilal Pandit 1J
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Re: Identifying hybridizations

Postby Bilal Pandit 1J » Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:21 pm

The easiest way for me to memorize hybridization is to simply count the number of bonds. From there you can fill out the orbitals, with s being one bond, sp going from 2 bonds to 4 with sp3, continuing on with d.

Sidharth D 1E
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Re: Identifying hybridizations

Postby Sidharth D 1E » Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:24 pm

I would say another way is to count how many regions of electron density there are that surround the atom (counting multiple bonds as one region of electron density and each lone pair as an area of electron density).


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