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Annie Ye
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Postby Annie Ye » Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:37 pm

Identify the hybrid orbitals used by the phosphorus atom in each of the following species: (a) PCl41; (b) PCl62; (c) PCl5; (d) PCl3.

Vanessa Chuang 4F
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Re: 2F.9

Postby Vanessa Chuang 4F » Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:01 pm

Basically in order to determine the hybridization, you need to find how many regions of electron density there are. Once you figure that out by determining molecular shape, you match the corresponding hybridization to it. For example, for PCl4+, it has 4 regions of electron density (from its tetrahedral shape), so the hybridization would be sp3 (one s + three p = 4 total).

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