We are asked about the placement of the nonbonding electron pairs in the sp3 hybrid orbitals of oxygen in H2O
Hybridization is when the s and p orbitals combine to form a hybrid orbital for covalent bonding.
In the process of combining the orbitals, the lower energy orbitals are promoted to higher energy while the higher energy orbitals are demoted to lower energy.
Does it matter which of the two sp3 hybrid orbitals are used to hold the two nonbonding electron pairs?
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