Hybridization (Lone Pairs)

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

Chloe Alviz 1E
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Hybridization (Lone Pairs)

Do molecules with a shape such as bent or seesaw have hybrid orbitals?

Deepika Reddy 1A
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Re: Hybridization (Lone Pairs)

Yes, I think they do. By counting then number of lone pairs and bonding regions, I believe it is possible to figure out the hybridization. For example, for seesaw I believe it would be dsp3.

AniP_2D
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Re: Hybridization (Lone Pairs)

Yes they do. You would count the lone pairs as an additional bonding site. So for example, a molecule with 2 shared pairs (2 sigma bonds) and one lone pair would have an electron density equal to 3. This would lead the molecule to have a hybridization of sp^2.

SimranSangha4I
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Re: Hybridization (Lone Pairs)

Yes! The lone pairs are still considered sites for bonding to occur

Betania Hernandez 2E
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Re: Hybridization (Lone Pairs)

Yes, they do have hybrid orbitals. The lone pairs count as a region of electron density.