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Hybridization of lone pairs

Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:55 pm
by Kelly Cai 4D
How do we determine hybridization of lone pairs?

During Lyndon's review session, he labelled the hybridization of the lone pairs of an oxygen atom, which consisted of 2 sets of lone pairs and a double bond, as O (2p2). How did he establish that hybridization?

Re: Hybridization of lone pairs

Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:40 pm
by Ryan Yee 1J
Lone pairs should be treated like they are a bond, so diatomic oxygen having a double bond and two lone pairs per oxygen atom (which is what I'm assuming you're referring to) would be linear with sp hybridization, as the lone pair technically counts as a 'bond'