Hybridization scheme of C2H2


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Crystal Odipo 1F
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Hybridization scheme of C2H2

Postby Crystal Odipo 1F » Sun Nov 29, 2020 3:30 pm

Can someone re-clarify why because of the unpaired electron we get a larger energy gap in the sp2 hybridization of carbon?

Bailey Giovanoli 1L
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Re: Hybridization scheme of C2H2

Postby Bailey Giovanoli 1L » Sun Nov 29, 2020 3:35 pm

We hybridize because the energy gap between the s and p orbitals is large. If we hybridize, we create an orbital in between the two. It is then less energy to jump to the p orbital than pair in the sp. This is because when you pair electrons, there is electron repulsion.


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