Problem: Sulfur forms oxides, oxoanions, and halides. What is the hybridization of the central S in SO 2, SO 3, SO 32−, SCl 4, SCl 6, and S 2Cl2 (atom sequence Cl—S—S—Cl)?

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The hybridization of an atom depends on the number of groups attached on it.

We consider single bonds and lone pairs as groups attached to the central element. Multiple bonds are counted as a single group. 

The central atom for each of the given molecule is sulfur S.

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Sulfur forms oxides, oxoanions, and halides. What is the hybridization of the central S in SO 2, SO 3, SO 32−, SCl 4, SCl 6, and S 2Cl2 (atom sequence Cl—S—S—Cl)?

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