Problem: In molecules of carbon monoxide both the carbon and oxygen atoms are hybridized. What are their respective hybridizations? Carbon: sp2 sp3 sp Oxygen: sp2 sp3 sp 

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We are being asked to identify the hybrid orbitals used by carbon (C) and oxygen (O) in CO. First, we will have to draw the Lewis Structure of CO2.


Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.

• C → less electronegative atom than O → central atom


Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.          

CO:


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In molecules of carbon monoxide both the carbon and oxygen atoms are hybridized. What are their respective hybridizations? 

Carbon: 

sp2 

sp3 

sp 


Oxygen: 

sp2 

sp3 

sp 

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