Problem: After sp3 hybridization, the carbon atom has: Check all that applya. a total of four unpaired electronsb. four equal energy hybrid orbitalsc. two unpaired electronsd.  hybrid orbitals of four distinctly different energiese. no unpaired electronsf. hybrid orbitals of two distinctly different energiesg. hybrid orbitals with energy between that of the 2s and 2p orbitalsh. the ability to form four bondsI. three hybrid orbitals and an unhybridized p orbital

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Valence electrons of carbon (C):   2s22p2

sp3 hybridization:     all 4 orbitals participate to form the 4 hybrid orbitals

four hybrid orbitals 

→ similar characteristics (equivalent and same energy)

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After sp3 hybridization, the carbon atom has: Check all that apply

a. a total of four unpaired electrons
b. four equal energy hybrid orbitals
c. two unpaired electrons
d.  hybrid orbitals of four distinctly different energies
e. no unpaired electrons
f. hybrid orbitals of two distinctly different energies
g. hybrid orbitals with energy between that of the 2s and 2p orbitals
h. the ability to form four bonds
I. three hybrid orbitals and an unhybridized p orbital

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