We are being asked to identify the hybrid orbitals in the given compounds
• There are 2 domains or groups around central element C:
▪ 1 H atom + 1 C atom = 2 domains
• It will need 2 orbitals to accommodate these 2 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 + 1 p orbitals = 2 orbitals (2 groups)
▪ s p = sp
Hybrid orbitals used by a (C): sp
What kind of hybridization do you expect for each labeled carbon atom in the following molecules?
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