Problem: Shown here are three pairs of hybrid orbitals, with each set at a characteristic angle.  For each pair, determine the type of hybridization, if any, that could lead to hybrid orbitals at the specified angle.

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We have to determine the type of hybridization for each of the given set of orbitals.


To determine the hybridization of the given orbitals, we will have a look at various hybridizations and their bond angles.

Various geometriesthat can result by arrangement of electron groups around a central atom are:

Electron Regions          Electronic Geometry          Hybridization            Bond Angles

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Shown here are three pairs of hybrid orbitals, with each set at a characteristic angle. Diagrams show orbitals as two large and partially-overlapping balloons, separated by either 90, 109.5, or 120 degrees. 

For each pair, determine the type of hybridization, if any, that could lead to hybrid orbitals at the specified angle.

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