Hybridization of Carbon and Nitrogen


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Shannon Asay 1C
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Hybridization of Carbon and Nitrogen

Postby Shannon Asay 1C » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:28 am

Can someone explain the hybridization of carbon in CH2O and the hybridization of nitrogen in NH3?

Hussain Chharawalla 1G
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Re: Hybridization of Carbon and Nitrogen

Postby Hussain Chharawalla 1G » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:42 am

For NH3:

The electron arrangement would be tetrahedral and the shape using lewis structures would be trigonal pyrimadal. Nitrogen will have 4 areas of electron density.

The hybridization of nitrogen will therefore be sp3, because sp3 correlates to 4 areas of electron density. In sp3, there is 1 hybridized s orbital and 3 hybridized p orbitals for a total of 4 orbitals.

All hybridized orbitals (except the lone pair) will be involved in sigma bonding.

Natalie Wang 1B
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Re: Hybridization of Carbon and Nitrogen

Postby Natalie Wang 1B » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:23 pm

For CH20, carbon will have a sp2 hybridization because it has a single bond for each H atom and a double bond with the O atom. Carbon will only have 3 electron densities, which correlates with sp2.


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