CH2O hybridization


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Andrea- 3J
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CH2O hybridization

Postby Andrea- 3J » Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:38 pm

For CH2O, the VSEPR formula is AX3. The molecular shape is trigonal planar and it is polar.
How do I find it's hybridization?

Henry Krasner 1C
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Re: CH2O hybridization

Postby Henry Krasner 1C » Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:43 pm

Because of the trigonal planar shape and 3 atomic orbitals as established by the AX3 VSEPR formula, the hybridization of the central C atom is sp2. S + P + P if you'd like to think of it that way.

Shash Khemka 1K
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Re: CH2O hybridization

Postby Shash Khemka 1K » Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:45 pm

AX3's hybridization would be SP2.

Hybridization is simply

Linear: sp
Trigonal Planar: sp2
Tetrahedral: sp3
Trigonal Bipyramidal: sp3d
Octahedral: sp3d2

Jack Mitchell 3J
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Re: CH2O hybridization

Postby Jack Mitchell 3J » Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:35 pm

Count the number of lone pairs and add them to number of sigma bonds to find that number. then add on an orbital for each number

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Re: CH2O hybridization

Postby g orloff 1J » Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:38 am

trigonal planar shape has 3 orbitals (AX3) making it sp2 hybridization.

Katie_Duong_1D
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Re: CH2O hybridization

Postby Katie_Duong_1D » Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:57 am

CH2O is trigonal planar, AX3, so there are 3 regions electron density. Hybridization regions = regions of electron density, so there are 3 hybridization regions. This corresponds with sp2.

KHuang1L
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Re: CH2O hybridization

Postby KHuang1L » Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:11 pm

You evaluate how many regions of electron density there are (in this case there are three). So, you want a total of three hybrid orbitals, which is possible with sp2 hybridization.

Abhi4F
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Re: CH2O hybridization

Postby Abhi4F » Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:39 pm

Since CH2O is trigonal planar, there are three regions of electron density. Hence, there are 3 hybrid orbitals corresponding to sp2 hybridization.

Anna O 2C
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Re: CH2O hybridization

Postby Anna O 2C » Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:24 pm

The hybridization will be sp2 because the s orbital can only form 1 bond and the 2 p orbitals must be combined with the s orbital to allow for 3 bonds to be made by the central atom. This results in the hybridization with 1 s orbital and 2 p orbitals, so sp2.

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Re: CH2O hybridization

Postby Anand Narayan 1G » Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:27 pm

Since there are 3 hybrid orbitals and 3 regions of electron density, the hybridization is sp2.


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