Shape of Hybrid Orbital


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Nathan Tong 3G
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Shape of Hybrid Orbital

Postby Nathan Tong 3G » Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:11 pm

When an atom forms a hybrid orbital, what shape does the orbital take? For example, since the sp3 orbital is between the s and p, would it be a combination of those two shapes?

Lakshmi Davuluri 1E
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Re: Shape of Hybrid Orbital

Postby Lakshmi Davuluri 1E » Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:24 pm

I think the sp3 hybrid orbital looks like a somewhat distorted p-orbital with unequal lobes

Julianna_flores3E
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Re: Shape of Hybrid Orbital

Postby Julianna_flores3E » Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:27 pm

Also, the molecular geometry for this is tetrahedral!

Alison Perkins 2B
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Re: Shape of Hybrid Orbital

Postby Alison Perkins 2B » Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:27 pm

sp orbitals have a linear shape
sp2 orbitals have a trigonal planer shape
sp3 orbitals have a tetrahedral shape
sp3d orbitals have a trigonal bi- pyramidal shape
sp3d2 orbitals have octahedral or square bi-pyramid shape

Hope this helps!

Arnav Saud 2C
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Re: Shape of Hybrid Orbital

Postby Arnav Saud 2C » Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:28 pm

https://secureservercdn.net/45.40.146.2 ... /K5EcA.jpg
This link should have some pictures so you can see a visual representation.

joshtully
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Re: Shape of Hybrid Orbital

Postby joshtully » Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:35 pm

Do we have to know how to determine the shapes of hybrid orbitals.


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