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Postby Blake_Katsev_2E » Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:30 am

How does the molecular orbital theory relate to hybridization? because shouldn't there be hybridization if to molecules are bonding? Also what purpose does the MOB serve? To show all of the electron bonds?

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Re: Hybridization

Postby Karan Ishii 3E » Tue Nov 29, 2016 2:41 pm

Hybridization is part of the valence bond theory so is unrelated to the molecular orbital theory or even the VESPR theory. The Molecular Orbital Theory serves to show that atomic orbitals of bonding atoms combine to form molecular orbitals that aren't localized to one atom but the electrons are spread over the entire molecule. The overlapping orbitals are similar to hybridization because the overlapping atomic orbitals have the same energy.

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