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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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Hybridization error of carbon in cyclopropenyl cation?

Hey I just got stuck with this problem and this is challenging my understanding of hybridization. I know that hybridization of carbon in positive charge position is sp2. However when I use the formula ...
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Why is hybridization different in a ring? [duplicate]

Why is nitrogen $sp^3$ hybridized in a compound such as NH3 but $sp^2$ hybridized in something like pyrrole, which has a ring structure? In both cases there are three bonds and one lone pair.
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Why do sp³ orbitals have tetrahedral symmetry when they are linear combinations of orbitals with octahedral symmetry?

I'm trying to understand how orbitals hybridize. What I understand—or at least think I understand—is the following: The "standard" $\mathrm{s}, \mathrm{p}, \mathrm{d}, …$ orbitals are ...
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Hybridization concept applied to each atom in CO2 [duplicate]

In $\ce{CO2}$ we know that the central atom C is $sp$ hybridized and the other two oxygens are $sp^2$ hybridized , my query is regarding if we suppose the $z-axis$ to be the internuclear axis is it ...
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Is the shortness of boron trifluoride's bonds better understood and explained now than it was "way back" in the 20th century?

Wikipedia's Boron trifluoride; Structure and bonding says: In the boron trihalides, BX3, the length of the B–X bonds (1.30 Å) is shorter than would be expected for single bonds,7 and this shortness ...
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%s character distribution of phosphorus hybrid orbitals

The following question was asked in the Indian Olympiad Qualifier Chemistry Part I (IOQC) today: For the given compound, %s character of phosphorus hybrid orbitals which contribute to various bonds ...
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Lone Pairs Hybridization

Why are lone pairs considered when determining the hybridization orbitals of an atom? If the lone pairs will lead towards a filled orbital and won't perform any bonding, why can't they be left ...
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How do we find hybridization when molecule has resonance?

Consider the following image which shows the resonance structures of $\ce{CO_3^{2-}}$ ion. What is the hybridization of $\ce{O}$? How do we proceed in such cases? In one resonance structure, the top ...
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Hybridisation of the O atom in the hydroxyl group of ethanoic acid

Currently studying high school organic reaction mechanisms and encountered a question. It goes like this: The C=O bond and the C–O bond of an ethanoate ion is equal at 127 pm, while the C=O bond of ...
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Why d(z^2-x^2) and d(y^2-z^2) join to form dz^2 orbital? [closed]

The possible combinations are xy,yz,zx ,d(x^2-y^2) , d(y^2-z^2),d(z^2-x^2) 7 total for d , but i heard that from Scrodinger equation one concludes that only 5 are possible but i dont see how ...
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what's the importance of "s" character in hybrid orbitals?

I am a high school student and I am learning about hybridization, my teacher told me that it is due to the "s" character in the hybrid orbital that they can arrange themselves so that the ...
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Justification for using valence bond theory and molecular orbital theory together?

Elementary gen chem books will make the careful distinction between the two theories and then proceed to claim that chemists can use both to complement each other to explain the behavior of certain ...
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What is the best way to visualize hybridization [closed]

I had learnt hybridization in various complex definitions some of them as "complex overlapping of orbitals (in quantum mechanical model) which leads in changing of shape of orbitals itself. But ...
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Why is C-S-C bond angle in thiirane so small at 48.5 degrees?

Why is the C-S-C bond angle in thiirane (48.5 degrees) so much smaller than C-O-C bond angle in oxirane/epoxide (60 degrees). Source: https://coek.info/pdf-three-membered-ring-heterocycles-.html
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Basic question about hybridization [closed]

I just started a basic course on chemistry and we are going really fast (at least for me). During the last lesson our teacher left us with a question: "What is hybridization and how it relates to ...
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Do strong field ligands always give d2sp3 hybridisation and weak field ligands give sp3d2 for coordiantion number 6 [closed]

i am actually doing coordination compounds but get confused when it comes to hybridization so wanted to create a short of mine for the exam
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What is the hybridization of copper in blue vitriol?

My book says that the structure of blue vitriol is the following: From the structure, I figured that since there are 4 water molecules coordinated to the cuprate ion, the hybridization should be $sp^...
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How does a molecule (for example, ClF₅) have a steric number of more than 4 if SP³ hybridisation is the maximum? [duplicate]

"The sum of the number of atoms bonded to a central atom and the number of lone pairs formed by its nonbonding valence electrons is known as the central atom's steric number." Wikipedia's ...
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Hybridisation of Azide ion

In azide ion, $\ce{N3-}$, the hybridisation is $\mathrm{sp}$ because number of hybrid orbitals = steric number, the central atom $(\ce{N})$ has 6 bonds with other $\ce{N}$ atom, 2 of which are sigma ...
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Role of 'p' Orbitals in Graphite Carbons

In the graphite arrangement of carbons, if we model them according to hybridization theory, the carbons in graphite are sp2 hybridized. This would mean that one s and two p orbitals hybridize, making ...
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What's the "Charge" in Steric Number Formula

I was reading about the Steric Number Formula here. There, I came to know that the Steric Number $N=\frac{V+M \pm I}{2}$ where $V = n(\ce{e-})$, the number of valence electrons of central atom, which ...
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Comparing intensity of colour in coordination compounds

I had given an examination recently in which the question asked was: Write the decreasing order for the intensity of color in $\ce{[CoCl4]^{2-}}$, $\ce{[Co(CN)4]^2-}$, $\ce{[Co(H2O)6]^2+}$ What my ...
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Selection of p-orbital(s) when considering sp or sp2 hybridisation

I am considering $z$-axis as the internuclear axis in all cases. When we consider overlap of s and p orbital to form a $\sigma$-bond, the chosen orbital must be p$_z$ orbital for a proper overlap. ...
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Why d and s orbitals overlap even when there is considerable difference in their energies?

In my grade 11 chemistry NCERT textbook, its written that hybridization happens when orbitals of almost same energy overlaps. But S orbital and D orbital have significant difference in their energies. ...
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Why is the bond angle of sulphur difluoride greater than that of hydrogen sulphide?

Why is the bond angle of $\ce{SF_2 (98.05^\circ) > SH_2 (92.11^\circ)}$? Isn't this contradicting Bent's rule or otherwise electron repulsion rule ? Fluorine is more electronegative and hence it ...
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How can orbitals of Hydrogen and Chlorine atom combine to form molecular orbitals of Hydrogen Chloride? [closed]

Linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) states that orbitals can only combine if the energies and shape of the orbitals are same. $3p$ orbital of Chlorine and $1s$ orbital of Hydrogen are the ...
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Why does a larger bond angle correspond to greater s-character?

In trialkylamines $\ce{NR3}$, the $\ce{R}$ alkyl group attached to nitrogen increases the electronegativity of the nitrogen atom. I also found in this question that this happens due to the repulsion ...
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What is θ in Bent's rule equation (%s - character)?

I was learning about Bent's Rule. I came across a formula $$\cos\theta = \frac{s}{s-1}$$ I am quite confused about $\theta$. I know that it represents bond angle. But for a compound like $\ce{PCl5}$, ...
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Why doesn't an sp3s hybridisation exist?

Trying to prove that nitrogen doesn't split its lone pair to form 5 bonds, I thought of a situation that I couldn't rule out; the paired electron being excited to the 3s orbital, so that five bonds ...
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Relation between the number of hybridised orbitals and the number of sigma bonds

March's Advanced Organic Chemistry (8th Ed.), has in its first chapter several tantalizing statements of the following variety; Boron has only three valence electrons available to form bonds, hence ...
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A contradiction in the nucleophilic attack of hydride ion based on charge densities

On page 130 of Organic Chemistry by Clayden, it is stated that Nucleophilic attack by the hydride ion, $\ce{H-}$, is an almost unknown reaction. This species, which is present in the salt sodium ...
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Hybrid lobes of sp3d2 and sp3d3 [closed]

It's known that $\ce{sp^3d}$ hybridization has 5 lobes; 3 equatorial with $\ce{sp^2}$ lobes and 2 axial with $\ce{dp}$ lobes. Do we have such splitting in $\ce{sp^3d^2}$ and $\ce{sp^3d^3}$ ...
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Which d orbitals are involved in "d3s hybridisation"?

I was reading about hybridisation and came across a point saying that $\mathrm{d^3s}$ hybridisation involves only $\mathrm d_{xy}$, $\mathrm d_{yz}$, and $\mathrm d_{zx}$ orbitals and not $\mathrm d_{...
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Reactivity of unsaturated organolithium compounds

I'm particularly looking in the context of alkyl lithiums compared to vinyl-lithiums and alkynyl-lithiums. Why is it that shifting from sp3 to sp2, and even further to sp carbanions, reduces the ...
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is there a stead fast rule to predict hybridization or is it just an ad hoc concept

Before I start of this question, Ι want to make it clear that I know that hybridization, like pretty much all of chemical bonding, are just made up to qualitatively rationalize observations. I know ...
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Why there is no sp2s hybridization in hydrocarbons? [closed]

If carbon's $\mathrm{sp^2}$ orbital is overlapped with hydrogen's $\mathrm{s},$ then why it is $\mathrm{sp^2}$ and why not $\mathrm{sp^2s}?$
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Why is oxygen sp2 hybridised in acetate ion [closed]

The oxygen atom with the negative charge on the acetate ion is said to be sp2 hybridised but I can seem to figure out how I feel I may not have out much effort into this question so even a link to a ...
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The covalent bond in HCl and the Lewis model

Can the formation of the covalent bond in HCl be explained through the hybridization model? We know for sure that it can be explained by the theory of molecular orbitals. In this way, it would be ...
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Describe the formation of the [PbCl4]2- complex ion

The $\ce{[PbCl4]^{2-}}$ complex ion is formed when $\ce{PbCl2}$ is exposed to excess $Cl^-$ ions in solution as explained here and here through the following reversible reaction: $$\ce{PbCl2(s) + 2Cl^-...
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Electron configuration of non-hybridized carbon

I'm currently learning about orbital hybridization in carbon. I see that carbon has an electron configuration of 1s2 2s2 2p2. However, there are actually three p-orbitals in the second shell, namely ...
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Does Hybridization change the shape of molecules after bonding to other molecules?

If you have two molecules bonding to each other such as NH and CH2 you have a change in hybridization for both N and C. NH with its two lone pairs is sp2 hybridized and CH2 is also sp2 hybridized. As ...
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Bond stability of C-C in ethane, ethene, and ethyne

Which one of the three compounds has the highest $\ce{C-C}$ bond stability? Ethane has $\mathrm{sp^3}$ hybridisation so less $\mathrm{s}$-character and lesser electronegativity compared to ethyne. ...
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Hybridization of orbitals and forming of bonds in the nitrogen dioxide molecule [closed]

I considered the nitrogen atom hybridizing its orbitals and then ending up having 3 $\mathrm{sp^2}$ orbitals and the oxygen with 2 $\mathrm{sp}$ orbitals. The thing which bothers me is when people ...
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Maximum number of coplanar atoms in difluorotrimethylphosphorane

In $\ce{PF2(CH3)3},$ what is the maximum number of atoms lying in one plane? $\ce{P}$ is the central atom with the hybridization $\mathrm{sp^3d}.$ Two $\ce{F}$ atoms will form axial bonds with it, ...
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Comparing stability of 2-propenyl cation and 1-propyl cation

Compare the stability of 2-propenyl cation and 1-propyl cation: $$\underset{\text{2-propenyl cation}}{\ce{CH2=CH-CH2+}}\qquad \underset{\text{1-propyl cation}}{\ce{CH3-CH2-CH2+}}$$ In 2-propenyl ...
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Is there s-character in the HOMO of dinitrogen?

State true or false: The highest occupied molecular orbital in nitrogen molecule has no s-character. The answer given is that this false. Why is it so? The highest occupied molecular orbital in $\ce{...
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Possible structure if a compound like AB4 is polar?

I was asked the following question in JEE Mains (2nd September, Shift 1) 2020, If a compound AB4 is polar (having non-zero dipole moment), then it's structure could be (A) Square planar (B) ...
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Does hybridization change atomic size?

I have come to know that nitrogen can undergo both $\mathrm{sp}^3$ and $\mathrm{sp}^2$ hybridization. Does a different hybridization lead to a different atomic radius?
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Hybridization state of oxygen in carbonyl sulfide (COS) [duplicate]

I've been scratching my head on this one for awhile here. In a carbonyl sulfide (COS) molecule, what is the hybridization state of oxygen? Carbonyl sulfide is composed of a single carbon atom double ...
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Hybridisation of similar energy orbitals

Hybridisation is the mixing of orbitals of similar energies, so when we perform hybridisation, why don't we prefer $4\mathrm s$ in place of the $3\mathrm d$ orbital for hybridisation, even though $4\...
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