Hybridization of PF5

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

Sean Sugai 4E
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Hybridization of PF5

The hybridization of the central atom, P, is sp3d because it's shape is trigonal bipyramidal. What is the hybridization of the terminal atoms, F?

Vanessa Chuang 4F
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Re: Hybridization of PF5

The hybridization of the terminal atoms would be sp3 because it has one bonded pair of electrons and three lone pairs (which adds up to 4 regions of electron density).

Sion Hwang 4D
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Re: Hybridization of PF5

Each F atom has 4 electron domains (1 bonding with the P atom and 3 lone pairs). Meaning, the hybrid orbital would be sp3.

Shrayes Raman
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Re: Hybridization of PF5

Sp3 four regions of electron density

Jialun Chen 4F
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Re: Hybridization of PF5

Since F has 3 lone pairs and one bonded pairs, the electron density is thus tetrahedral, leads to hybridization of sp3.