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Lone Pair Hybridization

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:00 am
by chrisleung-2J
When writing the hybridization for a lone pair, do we include a number for the energy level of the lone pair? For example, would we write the hybridization for a theoretical lone pair on an oxygen atom double-bonded to a carbon atom as Osp² or O2sp²?

Re: Lone Pair Hybridization

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:29 am
by lilymayek_1E
you only write out the coefficient (the 2 in 2sp3) when involved in a bond where the quantum number involved in the bond is needed. lone pairs don't need the coefficient because they aren't involved in a bond where the quantum number needs to be specified.

Re: Lone Pair Hybridization

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:31 am
by chrisleung-2J
lilymayek_1D wrote:you only write out the coefficient (the 2 in 2sp3) when involved in a bond where the quantum number involved in the bond is needed. lone pairs don't need the coefficient because they aren't involved in a bond where the quantum number needs to be specified.


How would we know when the quantum number involved in the bond is needed?

Re: Lone Pair Hybridization

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:31 am
by chrisleung-2J
lilymayek_1D wrote:you only write out the coefficient (the 2 in 2sp3) when involved in a bond where the quantum number involved in the bond is needed. lone pairs don't need the coefficient because they aren't involved in a bond where the quantum number needs to be specified.


How would we know when the quantum number involved in the bond is needed?