Hybridization with coefficients

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Leyla Anwar 3B
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Hybridization with coefficients

Postby Leyla Anwar 3B » Sat Dec 12, 2020 11:40 pm

What does it mean when a hybridization is something like 2sp3? Someone told me it meant a higher n state but I don't know to figure that out when looking at the lewis structure of a compound. If anyone understands that and could explain, I would be grateful : )

Joseph Hsing 2C
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Re: Hybridization with coefficients

Postby Joseph Hsing 2C » Sat Dec 12, 2020 11:54 pm

Look for the electronic geometry of a molecule which is basically counting how many areas of electron density. This number will tell you directly how many hybridized orbitals it is using. So 2 regions will use sp hybridized, 3 will use sp2, ..., 6 will use sp3d2.

Khoa Vu 3l
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Re: Hybridization with coefficients

Postby Khoa Vu 3l » Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:01 am

The coefficient represents the energy level of the hybridized orbitals. Basically, it's the energy level of its valence electrons. For example, Carbon with four regions of electron density would be 2sp3, which is a hybridization of its valence orbitals on the second energy level: 2s and 2p.

America Ramirez 3H
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Re: Hybridization with coefficients

Postby America Ramirez 3H » Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:49 am

I believe that the coefficients relate to how many regions of electron density the atom has.

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