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Hybridization is important because accommodates for the shape of the molecule after promotion. When promotion occurs and the electrons are moved into higher energy orbitals, the resulting structure usually does not match the shape of the molecule. In order to make the resulting structure match the shape of the molecule, hybrid orbitals are created.
Hybridization also helps prove how many bonds certain elements can form. For example, Carbon is in group 4 thus has 4 valence electrons that can form 4 bonds. But the electron configuration of carbon would say otherwise because there would be only 2 unpaired electrons. Hybridization promotes the electron so that it could have hybridized orbitals that accommodate 4 bonds.
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