Problem: How do you know the hybrid orbitals of a compound? For example, what are the hybrid orbitals of CH2Cl2, C2H4, and C2H2?

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We are being asked to identify the hybrid orbitals or the hybridization of the molecules.


Part A. CH2Cl2

First, we will have to draw the Lewis Structure of CH2Cl2


Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.

• C → less electronegative atom than Cl; H can only form 1 bond → C is the central atom


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

CH2Cl2

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How do you know the hybrid orbitals of a compound? For example, what are the hybrid orbitals of CH2Cl2, C2H4, and C2H2?

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