Are terminal atoms hybridized?


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Hannah Lee 2F
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Are terminal atoms hybridized?

Postby Hannah Lee 2F » Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:45 am

Are terminal atoms hybridized? When can we tell if they are?

For instance, in 2.45, the O double-bonded to the central C atom has sp2 hybridization. How about in the case of CS2 in 2.59(b), would the S atoms be hybridized to sp2 as well? How about terminal atoms that are halogens?

aishwarya_atmakuri
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Re: Are terminal atoms hybridized?

Postby aishwarya_atmakuri » Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:04 am

Each atom is hybridized based on the number of electron domains it has.

Ashley Fang 2G
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Re: Are terminal atoms hybridized?

Postby Ashley Fang 2G » Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:29 am

In the case of CS2, the S atoms have 1 double bond with C and 2 lone pairs, so it would also have 3 electron domains and yes it would be hybridized to sp2 as well.
As for terminal atoms that are halogens, it just depends again on counting the number of electron domains the atoms have.


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