Problem: What kind of hybridization do you expect for each labeled carbon atom in the following molecules?

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We are being asked to identify the hybrid orbitals in the given compounds

For  a:


• 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

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What kind of hybridization do you expect for each labeled carbon atom in the following molecules?

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