Each hybrid orbital in the molecule can form 3 bonds, which means those are sp2 hybrid orbitals.
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. C2H6
c. C2H2 d. C2H4
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