## Hybridization

Leslie Contreras 1D
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### Hybridization

Are we suppost to memorize the hybridization of each shape or how do I figure it out?

victoriatanaka1C
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### Re: Hybridization

In the syllabus, for Chapter 4, it says we need to know "hybridization (sp, sp2 sp3, dsp3, d2sp3) and apply this bonding model to inorganic, organic, and biological compounds (molecules, cations, and anions))." I'm just going to try to memorize, unless anyone else has any tips for figuring it out...

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### Re: Hybridization

I think in general we have to be able to figure out the hybridization of compounds when they are given, and memorizing which hybridizations go with each VSEPR shape can only help.

Hannah Lee 1B
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### Re: Hybridization

The hybridization correlates with the number of electron pair regions around the central atom, so linear (2) would be sp, trigonal planar (3) is sp2 (add another p), tetrahedral (4) is sp3, then move on to d, etc etc.

Isabelle De Rego 1A
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### Re: Hybridization

It works for me to have the different structures memorized because then when I look at the regions of of electron density I can name the shape. So, since we know that 4 regions = tetrahedral, from there you can figure out the hybridization is sp3. You can think of it like, the superscripts of the hybridization should always add up to the amount of regions of electron density.

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### Re: Hybridization

by having the shapes memorized, you should be able to figure out the hydridization based on how many regions of electron density there are around the central atom.

Daniel Cho Section 1H
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### Re: Hybridization

You don't really have to memorize the shapes to figure out the hybridization. I think with practice, you can figure out its hybridization. For molecular shape, you have to memorize it based on the VSEPR formula.

On the main topic, Hybridization is very simple to figure out. You look at the central atom and count the amount of electron densities or stuff like the lone pairs and bonded electron. As a side note, double and triple bonds count as 1 area of density.

For example, H2O has four electron densities with the two lone pairs and two bond electrons around the oxygen. Since it has four regions the hybridization would be sp3.

I hope this helps. Please correct me if I am wrong in certain places.

Leslie Contreras 1D
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### Re: Hybridization

This was very helpful thank you

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