Unpaired electrons

$sp, sp^{2}, sp^{3}, dsp^{3}, d^{2}sp^{3}$

Diana Tran 3E
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Unpaired electrons

When a lewis structure contains an unpaired electron, would this change the molecular structure or the hybridization? The answer is no, correct? Because although the electron is unpaired it still is in the same bond region or something? Aren't these the same rules that apply to why a triple bond, when figuring out its molecular shape, is still considered one region of electron density?

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Re: Unpaired electrons

Hi Dianna, could you be a little more clear about your question? What hybridization are you referring to in terms of Lewis structures? Also, what do you mean by molecular structure?

Jana Sandhu 3J
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Re: Unpaired electrons

I believe that even an unpaired electron would still count as a region of electron density, so it would be included in hybridization. But we're rarely asked anything about radicals so I wouldn't worry about it too much.