Problem: Tryptophan is one of the amino acids found in proteins:What is the hybridization of each of the numbered C, N, and O atoms?

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Hybridization → depends on number of electron groups around central atom


Orbitals that can be used by the central atom:

Subshell                   Total # of orbitals 

        s           _                1 orbital  

        p          _ _ _             3 orbitals

        d        _ _ _ _ _         5 orbitals


1) N → surrounded by 4 electron groups (needs 4 orbitals)

  • 3 atoms + 1 lone pair 


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Tryptophan is one of the amino acids found in proteins:

What is the hybridization of each of the numbered C, N, and O atoms?

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