Problem: Consider the Lewis structure for glycine, the simplest amino acid:What are the approximate bond angles about each of the two carbon atoms, and what are the hybridizations of the orbitals on each of them?

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The Lewis structure of glycine is:


Electron Regions             Electronic Geometry          Bond Angles

2                                      linear                                    180˚

3                                      trigonal planar                      120˚

4                                      tetrahedral                            109.5˚

5                                      trigonal bipyramidal              90˚, 120˚, and 180˚

6                                      octahedral                            90˚ and 180˚


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

What are the approximate bond angles about each of the two carbon atoms, and what are the hybridizations of the orbitals on each of them?

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