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Hybridization and Orbital Shape

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:46 pm
by zfinn
How does the hybridization of orbitals change their shape?

Re: Hybridization and Orbital Shape

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:51 pm
by Alex Tchekanov Dis 2k
Hybridization in a way is the combination of two orbitals. For example, the S orbital and the P orbital in SP3 hybridization. The S orbital has a spherical shape while the P orbital has a 3D infinity sign shape (sorry I don't have a better name for this but you can google a picture). Thus, when hybridization occurs, and the two orbitals combine, the two shapes combine to make a new orbital shape.

Re: Hybridization and Orbital Shape

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:19 pm
by Martina
Hybridization of two orbitals changes the shape because they combine to share electrons and become a different shape.