Problem: Identify the hybrid orbitals on all atoms in the molecule CH2O.The H atoms in CH2O contain the following.1 sp hybrid orbital,1 sp2 hybrid orbital, 1 sp3 hybrid orbital,2 sp hybrid orbitals, 2 sp2 hybrid orbitals,2 sp3 hybrid orbitals, 3 sp hybrid orbitals, 3 sp2 hybrid orbitals, 3 sp3 hybrid orbitals, no hybrid orbitalsThe C atom in CH2O contains the following.1 sp hybrid orbital,1 sp2 hybrid orbital, 1 sp3 hybrid orbital, 2 sp hybrid orbitals, 2 sp2 hybrid orbitals, 2 sp3 hybrid orbitals, 3 sp hybrid orbitals, 3 sp2 hybrid orbitals, 3 sp3 hybrid orbitals, no hybrid orbitalsThe O atom in CH2O contains the following.1 sp hybrid orbital, 1 sp2 hybrid orbital, 1 sp3 hybrid orbital, 2 sp hybrid orbitals, 2 sp2 hybrid orbitals, 2 sp3 hybrid orbitals, 3 sp hybrid orbitals, 3 sp2 hybrid orbitals, 3 sp3 hybrid orbitals, no hybrid orbitals

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Subshell                   Total # of orbitals 

        s           _                1 orbital  

        p          _ _ _             3 orbitals

        d        _ _ _ _ _          5 orbitals


H atom in CH2O

1 atom surround H

s orbital


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Identify the hybrid orbitals on all atoms in the molecule CH2O.

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The H atoms in CH2O contain the following.

sp hybrid orbital,1 sp2 hybrid orbital, 1 sp3 hybrid orbital,2 sp hybrid orbitals, 2 sp2 hybrid orbitals,2 sp3 hybrid orbitals, 3 sp hybrid orbitals, 3 sp2 hybrid orbitals, 3 sp3 hybrid orbitals, no hybrid orbitals


The C atom in CH2O contains the following.

sp hybrid orbital,1 sp2 hybrid orbital, 1 sp3 hybrid orbital, 2 sp hybrid orbitals, 2 sp2 hybrid orbitals, 2 sp3 hybrid orbitals, 3 sp hybrid orbitals, 3 sp2 hybrid orbitals, 3 sp3 hybrid orbitals, no hybrid orbitals


The O atom in CH2O contains the following.

sp hybrid orbital, 1 sp2 hybrid orbital, 1 sp3 hybrid orbital, 2 sp hybrid orbitals, 2 sp2 hybrid orbitals, 2 sp3 hybrid orbitals, 3 sp hybrid orbitals, 3 sp2 hybrid orbitals, 3 sp3 hybrid orbitals, no hybrid orbitals

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