Problem: Consider the Lewis structure for glycine, the simplest amino acid: What are the hybridizations of the orbitals on each of the two carbon atoms?

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We are being asked to determine the hybrid orbitals of each C in the molecule below:

We’re going to use the electron groups around each carbon in the molecule to determine its hybridization.

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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 each of the two carbon atoms?