Problem: Select the correct hybridization for the central atom based on the electron geometry BrF3.

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When the s and p orbitals combine to form a covalent bond, hybridization occurs. The product of hybridization is a hybrid orbital.


We can determine the hybridization of the central atom of BrF3 through its electron geometry.

First, draw the Lewis structure.


In drawing Lewis structures, there are general guidelines to be followed:


1. The number of valence electrons equals the group number. 

The total number of valence electrons is:


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Select the correct hybridization for the central atom based on the electron geometry BrF3.

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