Clarification on hybridization


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William Cryer 1L
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Clarification on hybridization

Postby William Cryer 1L » Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:16 pm

Just to clarify, lone pairs are included as one area of electron density right? It's not just bonds, but also lone pairs that contribute to the type of hybridization?

Kevin Ru 1D
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Re: Clarification on hybridization

Postby Kevin Ru 1D » Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:39 pm

Yes, lone pairs also contribute to the type of hybridization. For example, BrF3 has a Br with two lone pairs bonded to three F atoms making it sp^3d (5 areas of electron density). Hope that helps!

Shannee Mak 3F
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Re: Clarification on hybridization

Postby Shannee Mak 3F » Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:02 pm

Yep! Another example would also be NH3. N would have a lone pair as well as three H atoms bonded to it. There are 4 regions of electron density and so then the hybridization of N would be sp^3

Dang Lam
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Re: Clarification on hybridization

Postby Dang Lam » Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:17 pm

yes! remember AXE?
A = central atom
X = bonded atom
E = bonded lone pairs


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