We are being asked to identify the hybrid orbitals in the given compounds
• There are 3 domains or groups around central element C:
▪ 1 H atom + 2 C atoms = 3 domains
• It will need 3 orbitals to accommodate these 3 groups.
Orbitals that can be used by the central atom:
Subshell Total # of orbitals
s _ 1 orbital
p _ _ _ 3 orbitals
d _ _ _ _ _ 5 orbitals
▪ 1 s orbital + 2 p orbitals = 3 orbitals (3 groups)
▪ s p p = sp2
Hybrid orbitals used by a (C): sp2
What kind of hybridization do you expect for each labeled carbon atom in the following molecules?
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