Problem: The drawing below shows the overlap of two hybrid orbitals to form a bond in a hydrocarbon.Which of the following could be the identity of the hydrocarbon?a. CH4            b. C2H6c. C2H2          d. C2H4

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Each hybrid orbital in the molecule can form 3 bonds, which means those are sp2 hybrid orbitals.

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The drawing below shows the overlap of two hybrid orbitals to form a bond in a hydrocarbon.

A diagram shows two C atoms.  Each as one orbital inward, which overlap, and two orbitals outward.


Which of the following could be the identity of the hydrocarbon?

a. CH4            b. C2H6
c. C2H2          d. C2H4

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