Problem: Cyclic structures exist for many compounds of carbon and hydrogen. Describe the hybridization around each carbon atom in benzene (C6H6), cyclobutane (C4H8) and cyclobutene (C4H6)

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We will determine the hybridization around each carbon atom in benzene (C6H6), cyclobutane (C4H8) and cyclobutene (C4H6)


We will do the following steps to solve this problem:

Step 1: Calculate the total valence electrons

Step 2: Draw the Lewis Structure

Step 3: Determine the hybridization

Orbitals that can be used by the central atom:

Subshell                   Total # of orbitals 

        s             _                 1 orbital  

        p          _ _ _              3 orbitals

        d        _ _ _ _ _          5 orbitals


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Cyclic structures exist for many compounds of carbon and hydrogen. Describe the hybridization around each carbon atom in benzene (C6H6), cyclobutane (C4H8) and cyclobutene (C4H6)

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