Part A. Which of the following clusters of orbitals would form the shape shown here and would also be possible within the valence shell of an atom?
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Atomic orbitals such as s, p, d, and f have specific shapes and orientations in an atom. The hybridization (or mixing) of atomic orbitals results in hybrid orbitals, which also have specific shapes and orientations. Any atomic orbitals that were not involved in the hybridization still remain in their original orientation in the valence shell of the atom.
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