Problem: The ion CH5+, can form under very special high-energy conditions in the vapor phase in a mass spectrometer.Propose a hybridization for the carbon atom.

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We are being asked to propose a hybridization for the carbon atom in the CH5+ ion


First, we will have to draw the Lewis Structure of CH5+.


Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.

• H cannot be a central atom  → C is the central atom


Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.  CH5has a +1 charge which means its lost 1 electron.       

CH5+:  

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The ion CH5+, can form under very special high-energy conditions in the vapor phase in a mass spectrometer.

Propose a hybridization for the carbon atom.

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