Problem: What is the name of the hybrid orbitals used by sulfur in SCl2?

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Step 1: Sulfur (EN = 2.58) is less electronegative than chlorine (EN = 3.16) so S is the central atom.


Step 2: SCl2 is neutral, hence the overall charge is zero. The total number of valence electrons present in the molecule is:


            Group             Valence Electrons

S         6A                   1 × 6 e6 e

Cl        7A                   2 × 7 e14 e

Total:  20 valence e


Step 3: Note that halogens, when not the central atom, forms only 1 bondThe Lewis structure of SCl2 is:


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What is the name of the hybrid orbitals used by sulfur in SCl2?

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