Chemistry Practice Problems Orbital Overlap Practice Problems Solution: The drawing below shows the overlap of two hybrid ...

Solution: 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

Problem

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

Solution

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

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