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Postby Caitlin_Murphy_3C » Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:02 pm

I understand the basic concept of finding the hybridization of an atom in a compound, but what exactly causes this hybridization to occur?

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Re: hybridization

Postby Kelsey Warren 1I » Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:23 pm

I think all we really need to know about the cause of hybridization is that it makes the molecule formed more stable and that a hybrid orbital interacting with the other atom's orbital makes the bond stronger/more balanced, whichever makes the most sense to you.

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Re: hybridization

Postby jonathanjchang2E » Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:10 pm

Hybridization occurs because hybridized orbitals are lower in energy than unhybridized ones so they are favored when forming molecules.

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Re: hybridization

Postby 405112316 » Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:27 pm

Also, when an atom bonds, it realistically forms bonds that are equal in strength. Therefore, hybridization mixes together different orbital levels to create an entirely new orbital that equalizes all bonds.

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