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Coefficients for Hybridization

Posted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 3:13 pm
by Nicole Filbert 1D
When I am predicting the type of hybrid orbital for lets say H3O+, can I just say sp^3? Or do I have to say 2sp^3 because O is in the second period of the period table?

Re: Coefficients for Hybridization

Posted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 4:21 pm
by Dahriel Aron 3A
it would just be sp^3. You only want to look at how many regions of electron density there are with hybridization, not at where the elements are in the periodic table. Since there are 4 regions of electron density, the hybridization is sp^3