Problem: What is the hybridization of NH3?

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We are being asked to identify the hybrid orbitals used by nitrogen (N) or the hybridization of N in NH3

First, we will have to draw the Lewis Structure of NH3.

Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule. 

• N → central atom

Though hydrogen (H) is less electronegative than nitrogen (N), hydrogen (H) can’t be the central atom because it can only bond with one atom. 

Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.          


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What is the hybridization of NH3?

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