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Hybridisation is the concept of mixing atomic orbitals to form new hybrid orbitals suitable for the qualitative description of atomic bonding properties.

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Why hybridization occurs in diatomic molecule

In diatomic nitrogen There are two electron configurations I'd like to compare: 1s2 2s2(lone pair) 2p3(the bonding electrons sigma,pi,pi) 1s2 2sp(lone pair) 2sp(sigma bonding) 2p2(pi,pi bonding) ...
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Doesn't the fact that the lone pair on the nitrogen in amides occupy a p orbital contradict Hund's rules?

Since the $\ce{sp^2}$ hybridized orbitals are lower in energy than the p orbital shouldn't the $\ce{sp^2}$ orbitals fill first? Why is this not the case - two electrons fill the p orbitals while all ...
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Why F replaces axial bond in PCl₅?

Why does $\ce{F}$ replace an axial bond in $\ce{PCl5}$? I realize that it would be more stable there than at equatorial bond, but what is the reason of its stability? Similarly in $\ce{AB4}$ type of ...
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Explanation of Bent's Rule [duplicate]

Why does the %s character increase on the orbital with electropositive atom? I do not seem to properly grasp this concept. Is this rule based on observation or is there any proof to it? If there is a ...
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Hybridised orbitals

What determines which type of hybridisation (sp3/sp2/sp) a molecule will take? Methane/ethylene/acetylene all have the same electron configuration but undergo different different types of ...
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Type of hybridisation

State the hybridisation of asterisked carbon in $\ce{CH3 - CH = C^{✪} = CH2}$ I am not sure between $sp^2$ and $sp$ hybridization. Because of double bond I think it should be $sp^2$ but because of 2 ...
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Bent's rule for Sulfur trioxide and Sulfur dioxide

How is Bent's rule applied on $\ce{SO3}$ and $\ce{SO2}$? Bond length of $\ce{SO3}$ < $\ce{SO2}$. Is this a direct consequence of applying the Bent's rule?
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Carbon atoms at the edge of a diamond

It is well known (the simplest textbook example) that a diamond has a well-defined arrangement of sp3 carbon atoms, as each atom is connected to four others in a ...
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Why is one lobe of an sp3 hybridized orbital smaller than its other half?

A hybrid sp3 orbital is drawn with one lobe smaller than its other half, the latter which is of equal size when drawing the p orbital. Why is it so?
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Hybridization in PH3

Does $\ce{PH3}$ exhibit $\ce{sp^3}$ hybridization? Arguments against hybridization: $\ce{PH3}$ is less basic than $\ce{NH3}$. This jibes with the supposition that $\ce{PH3}$ keeps its lone pair ...
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Do filled Orbitals also hybridize?

Recently I was watching a video on Valence Bond Theory, on the MIT Open-Course youtube channel. The teacher there said that for hybridization to occur, electron promotion from fully filled orbitals to ...
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What is the origin of the differences between the MO schemes of O2 and N2?

Here are the MO schemes of $\ce{N2}$ (left) and $\ce{O2}$ (right). Why is the $\sigma$-MO formed by the $p$ AOs energetically above the $\pi$-MO for $\ce{N2}$ but not for $\ce{O2}$? Can it be ...
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Does hybridization take place in other atoms apart from central atom in a molecule?

I have seen my textbooks always give formula and description of hybridization of central atom of a molecule.But I wonder will other atoms present(not Hydrogen) go in hybridization or only the central ...
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Nitric acid vs. chloric acid strength

Here the central chlorine atom is best described as $\ce{sp^3}$ hybridized. This makes sense; the molecule is pyramidal. Also, due to the molecule's pyramidal geometry, this rules out the ...
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Argon chemistry, molecular geometry and hybridisation

Can Argon hybridize orbitals and/or form covalent-like/ionic-like compounds? Is there any study of that?I would be happy to read concrete references... What kind of molecular geometries for argon ...
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Central atom problem

Less electronegative atom is the central atom. $\ce{N}$ is more electronegative than $\ce{Cl}$ as $\ce{Cl}$ has larger atomic radius. So why in $\ce{NCl3}$, $\ce{N}$ is the central atom?
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Hybridization in Light of Resonance

According to this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns4Py96Bkn8&NR=1 1) Is this true? (You might recall I asked a similar question about $\ce{sp^2}$ hybridization implying $\ce{sp^2}$ ...
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sp3 hybridisation in carbon

Before $\ce{sp^3}$ hybridisation, does the $\ce{C}$ -atom get excited to $\ce{1s^2~2s^1~2p^3}$ state, as it happens before $\ce{sp^2}$ hybridisation? What is the energy of the $\ce{sp^3}$ hybridised ...
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PI Bonding in Carbon Dioxide

I am fairly sure the first diagram I drew for carbon dioxide is wrong in terms of showing pi bonding. This is because we use a pi orbital twice, which isn't possible. The second diagram corrects this ...
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Is this textbook bonding picture of hybridization in ethene wrong?

Regarding the above picture, why is the C-C $\sigma$ bond composed of two $\ce{sp^2}$ orbitals while the C-H $\sigma$ bonds composed of $\ce{sp^3}$ hybrid orbitals? I don't see why; I thought the ...
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Why does sp2 hybridization imply adjacent sp2 hybridization?

EDIT: I misquoted my teacher; he said something more along the lines of: in conjugated systems, if an atom is $\ce{sp^2}$ hybridized, then every atom it is bound to is also $\ce{sp^2}$ hybridized. ...
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Hybridization of Fe in FeBr3 [closed]

What is the Hybridization of Fe atom in FeBr3? Please explain in detail not just using formula.
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Why does ammonia have sp hybridization?

Apparently it has sp3 hybridization, but I don't understand why. Ammonia (NH3) seems to me to not require sp hybridization because all of its bond lengths are already equal. It has 3 hydrogens bonded ...
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Does the hybridization model gives us any further insight on Molecular Geometry?

It doesn't seem as though the hybridization model adds anything useful to the discussion of molecular geometry as predicted by the VSEPR model. It's just another way of labeling linear, trigonal ...
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Is the Hybridization model for bonding based on underlying principles or the observable phenomena? [duplicate]

Consider the $CH_4$ molecule. It is observed that all of the bond lengths are identical, which contradicts the theory about $s$ and $p$ orbitals. Clearly, the theory needs to be modified to take this ...
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Is hybridization used in ab-initio valance bond calculation?

Many general chemistry textbooks introduced the concept "hybridization" to construct a symmetry-adapted VB-type wavefunction. In the textbooks, usually the minimal basis is used and without optimizing ...
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How can the Bonding in IF7 be explained using LCAO method?

I know that the VSEPR theory explains $IF_7$ (iodine heptafluoride)'s structure as a pentagonal bipyramidal one.The valence bond theory can be used to say that it has $sp^3d^3$ hybridisation(i think ...
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Predicting electronic geometry, observable geometry, and hybridization for any atom in a molecule

Can someone please explain the intuition around the answers to this problem: I'm finding it very confusing because it seems like you have to nitpick between two resonance structures to get the ...
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References to draw 3D molecules with directionality of non-bonding electron pairs and p-orbitals

My instructor has been drawing 3D molecules that show the directionality of non-bonding electron pairs and p-orbitals. I've been trying to find references online that show this process, but I'm having ...
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Hybridisation of the Carbon in an Carbanion

Given the carbanion, $ R_3C^- $, the carbon is $ sp^3 $ hybridized unless it is participating in resonance. This is clear from its steric number. In drawing its orbital diagram, however, I am having ...
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Sulfur trioxide - vacant d-orbitals

Sulfur trioxide violates the octet rule. Upon drawing the Lewis dot structure for sulfur trioxide, we see that the central sulfur atom is bonded to three other oxygen atoms by double covalent bonds. ...
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What utility does the Tau bond model of orbital overlap have?

In his book on molecular orbital theory, Molecular Orbitals and Organic Chemical Reactions, Ian Fleming notes that Pauling formulated an early alternative model to Huckel theory for explaining the ...
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Energy required to break single bond vs double bond vs triple bond of a carbon atom in an organic molecule

Assuming every other conditions are the same, what would be the comparison of energy required to break single bond, double bond and triple bond of a carbon atom in an organic molecule?
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Why do compounds like SF6 and SF4 exist but SH6 and SH4 don't?

Both $\ce{SF6}$ and $\ce{SH6}$ and $\ce{SF4}$ and $\ce{SH4}$ have the same central atom and the same hybridization but my teacher specifically mentioned that $\ce{SH6}$ and $\ce{SH4}$ don't exist. ...
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How do I figure out the hybridization of a particular atom in a molecule?

I'm learning how to apply the VSEPR theory to Lewis structures and in my homework I'm being asked to provide the hybridization of the central atom in each Lewis structure I've drawn. I've drawn out ...
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Why is this atom SP2 hybridised?

I'm doing exercises on hybridisation, and I was given this molecule (this is the facit): I'm wondering about this (electron deficient) oxygen atom. My intuition says it should be ${sp^2}$ like the ...
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Resonance structure and hybridisation

I was given the first structure, and then drew the other 5 resonance structures. First of all, are they correct? ChemBioDraw had some complaints, but as far as I can see there's the same amount of ...
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Hybridization sp3 and sp2

When we calculate the electrons and orbital numbers in $\ce{CH4}$ $sp^3$ hybridization we have taken 3 electrons from $2p$ of $\ce{C}$ and 1 electron from $2s$ of $\ce{C}$ but in $\ce{C2H4}$ we have ...
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What is natural bond orbital theory used for?

My understanding is that the NBO methodology transforms the molecular orbital picture of a molecule into a collection of pairwise interactions (bond orbitals). This is obviously handy for didactic and ...
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Non-integer hybridization

I've known that hybridization in distorted geometries is not exactly $sp^3$ or $sp^2$ or whatever. For example, $\ce{PH3}$ has nearly pure $p$ orbitals in the $\ce{P-H}$ bond, and the lone pair is in ...
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What makes banana bonds possible in diborane?

Diborane has the interesting property of having two 3-centered bonds that are each held together by only 2 electrons (see the diagram below, from Wikipedia). These are known as "banana bonds." I'm ...
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Color of chromate and permanganate

I've heard quite a few times that the chromate and permanganate have a $d^3s$ configuration. Also, their colors arise due to a rapid switching of electrons between the oxygen and metal atoms. I don't ...