Problem: Consider the Lewis structure for glycine, the simplest amino acid:What are the hybridizations of the orbitals on the two oxygens and the nitrogen atom?

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We are being asked to identify the hybrid orbitals used by nitrogen (N) and oxygen (O) or the hybridization in NH2CH2COOH. 


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Consider the Lewis structure for glycine, the simplest amino acid:

An N with one pair of dots is single bonded left and below to H and right to C.  That C is single bonded above and below to H and right to C.  That C is double bonded above to O (which has two pairs of dots) and right to O (which also has two pairs of dots). That O is single bonded right to H.

What are the hybridizations of the orbitals on the two oxygens and the nitrogen atom?

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