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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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Are the p orbitals of the biradical dioxo compound in the HOMO perpendicular to the plane?

I tried to draw the frontier molecular orbitals of the following biradical structure: (A) At the top I've drawn the HOMO and LUMO, because I know that the reaction coordinate belongs to the $\ce{C_{$...
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How can the electronic structure of pentaaquanitrosyliron be explained?

The magnetic moment of $\ce{[Fe(H2O)5NO]^2+}$ is 3.87 Bohr magneton, which implies that there are 3 unpaired electrons. Since iron is in $+1$ oxidation state (due to charge transfer with nitrosyl ...
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Why is the tetraamminecopper(II) ion square planar?

The tetraamminecopper(II) ion is square planar in shape. But why? How can I rationalise this? Can I rationalise this without the concept of hybridization? And even if I take hybridization into ...
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Hybridisation of carbon atom in cyclopentadienyl anion

How do I figure out the hybridisation of the carbon with the negative charge? One logic is that it is an $\mathrm{sp^3}$ carbon because there are 3 sigma bonds and 1 lone pair around it. Another ...
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The intuition behind carbon's covalent bonds

As an introduction to hybridization, my textbook discusses that "The formation of covalent bonds often starts with the excitation of the atoms." Taking carbon as an example, the author says: Carbon ...
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Chemical bonding and hybridization of organic compounds

What happens to the lobe of the p-orbital during sp² hybridization? During the formation of $\ce{C2H4}$ molecule: We know that both the carbon atoms will have a total of 3 p-orbitals and they will ...
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Clarification needed regarding description of molecules without hybridization using pure p orbitals

I need some clarification regarding this answer given by the user @Jan. @Jan says: Therefore, the a priori predicted most stable configurations of certain coordination numbers are: ...
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Explanation for increasing wave number trends for hydrocarbons

At my university, we had an organic chemistry exam question that stated,"The trend in the values of the ir absorbtions for the c-h bonds of methane ($\ce{CH4}$: $2995\,\mathrm{cm}^{-1}$), (ethylene: $...
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What is the hybridisation state of the sulfur atom in S4N4F4?

The molecule is shown in the textbook as: I can rationalise that the N is sp2 hybridised with a single electron in the p-orbital perpendicular to the plane of the S/N ring. (The sp2 lone pair is ...
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dsp2 and sp3 hybrid orbital shapes in coordination chemistry

Why is $\mathrm{dsp}^2$ square planar but $\mathrm{sp}^3$ tetrahedral in shape? I am unable to find a reason anywhere. I know how to figure which hybridisation a compound is, but not why.
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Does alcohol hydrogen in the enol tautomer of a β-dicarbonyl have sp² character?

My reasoning for the somewhat implausible "$\mathrm{sp^2}$" character of the hydrogen between these two oxygens on the enol structure of the right comes from recognizing that if it were, then we would ...
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Is planarity really necessary for conjugation?

If we look at the $\ce{ClO4-}$ anion, the chlorine atom in it is sp3 hybridised. Hence, it has a tetrahedral structure in which conjugation shouldn't be possible, but while explaining the acidic ...
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How can the hybridisation schemes of transition metal complexes be determined?

Lets say I have to find hybridisation of $\ce{[Ni(CO)_4]}$ and $\ce{[Ni(CN)_4]^{2-}}$. The metal atom/ion in these compounds are $\rm Ni$ and $\rm Ni^{2+}$ respectively. So the outer shell ...
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Why is cyclopropane more acidic than propane

Though I found links about ring strain and other things, I actually fail to understand the exact reason for this difference in acidity.
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dsp3 and sp3d hybridization — what is the difference and which applies to square pyramidal?

What is the difference between dsp3 and sp3d Hybridization? Are they one in the same? Also, I have a book that says that in compounds where the central atom is dsp3 hybridized, it's shape is square ...
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Why does ammonia have sp hybridization?

Apparently it has $sp^3$ hybridization, but I don't understand why. Ammonia ($\ce{NH3}$) seems to me to not require $sp$ hybridization because all of its bond lengths are already equal. It has 3 ...
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What is the hybridisation of titanium in the hexaaqua- and hexaamminetitanium(III) complex?

I want to check if their hybridizations are as follows: $\mathrm{sp^3d^2}$ in $\ce{[Ti(NH3)6]^3+}$ and $\mathrm{d^2sp^3}$ in $\ce{[Ti(H2O)6]^3+}$.
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What Causes Atomic Orbitals to Hybridise?

I'm finding it difficult to visualise the process of hybridisation. Taking the example of formation of $\ce{CH4}$, can it viewed as the collapsing of the p orbitals of the Carbon atoms as they get "...
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Are ther known compounds of Argon? What is their 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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How do you determine the hybridisation state of a coordinate complex?

If an exercise asks for the hybridisation state of a coordinate complex (ion in solution) consisting of a central cobalt atom surrounded by $\ce{NH3}$ ligands, and neither coordination number or ...
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Understanding the hybridization of cyclohexane?

I'm having quite a fair bit of trouble comprehending the hybridization of cyclohexane. I understand that this is a ringed structure with single C-C bonds, therefore all the carbons should have sp3 ...
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sp2 hybridized carbon versus sp3 hybridized silicon

Carbon's most commonly found allotrope is graphite/soot/fullerene/carbon nanotubes which are all $\mathrm{sp^2}$ hybridized forms of it, while silicon being its first periodic twin is mostly found in ...
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Why are axial bonds are longer than equatorial bond in sp3d hybridized atoms?

Why are axial bonds are longer than equatorial bond in case of $\mathrm{sp^3d}$ hybridization? I have done some research but I can't seem to find the answer.
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Why sp3 hybridisation in NH3 but bonding with pure p orbitals in case of other hydrides of group 15 [duplicate]

According to my book, the following line was given relating to the bond angle in Group 15 elements The bond angle in PH3, AsH3 and SbH3 is close to 92° which suggests that the orbitals used for ...
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Hybridisation and the Schrödinger equation

I am slightly confused about hybridisation and how it relates to molecular and atomic orbitals, despite having pored through many sources online. I was hoping someone could verify whether my current ...
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Hybridisation of complex compound having octahedral geometry

$$\ce{K[Co(NH3)2Cl4]}$$ I have problem finding the hybridisation of this compound. The strong field ligand $\ce{NH3}$ forms the minority among the ligands, so do I consider the hybridisation to be $\...
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Are resonating structures real or not? [duplicate]

We say that hybrid structure is real. It has distinct properties as compared to its Resonating Structure. Is it because that all the experiments we carry out are on a sample, lots of molecules are ...
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What is the hybridization of diatomic nitrogen, diatomic anything like oyxgen, bromine; hydrogen and chlorine in HCl?

I'm guessing sp hybridization for nitrogen in diatomic nitrogen based on the lone pair on nitrogen and the triple bond but there is no mixing of s and p orbitals so I want to say that there is no ...
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sp2 hybridization Group V elements

I'm confused about $\mathrm{sp^2}$ hybridization in the formation of $\ce{NO3-}$ ion. Valence electrons of N are $\mathrm{(2s)^2}$ and $\mathrm{(2p)^3}$. Is one of $\mathrm{2s}$ electrons kicked up ...
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Is ClH7 possible? [duplicate]

Chlorine can be $sp^3d^3$ hybridized. If so, it can form $\ce{ClH_7}$ and then chlorine, being more electronegative, will have (-7) as its oxidation number. But we know that the oxidation number of $\...
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sp, sp2 and sp3 hybrid orbitals are actual solutions of Schrodinger's equation or only a heuristic?

According to Wikipedia's article about orbital hybridisation: [...] today it is considered an effective heuristic for rationalising the structures of organic compounds. [...] Hybrid orbitals are ...
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Electron Pair Geometry in Ibuprofen (Electron Pair Geometry in Organic Compounds)

I am trying to determine the electron pair geometry (and molecular geometry) of some atoms in ibuprofen. The first one I am trying to do is the double bonded oxygen. Ibuprofen is pictured below: I ...
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Chemical bonding based on hybridisation model

A snippet from a textbook: Therefore, the hybridization model predicts that an $\mathrm{sp}$-hybridized carbon atom is more electronegative than an $\mathrm{sp}^3$-hybridized carbon atom. Evidence ...
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Determining the structure of N2O using hybridization

I have learnt how to determine the structure of molecules where only the central atom is hybridised like $\ce{ClF3}$, $\ce{C2H2}$, $\ce{PCl5}$, but in $\ce{N2O}$ it seems as though both nitrogen and ...
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How are electronic configurations including hybrid orbitals notated?

I know the general scheme for notating electronic configurations is (with s and p orbitals) [noble gas core]nsel.$n$pel. etc., where $n$ is the principal quantum number and el. is the number of ...
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How to prove that the orientation of the atomic orbitals in the superposition $\psi= a\psi_{1} + b\psi_{2}$depends on the coefficients $a$ & $b$?

Hybridisation is a quantum superposition of orthogonal atomic orbitals; for instance $$\newcommand{\k}[2]{\langle #1 \lvert #2 \rangle} \psi_{sp^3}= c_1\psi_{2s}+ c_2\psi_{2p_{x}} + c_3\psi_{2p_y} + ...
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Hybrization of H in HNO [duplicate]

There is a problem that states: Find the molecular geometry of each molecule and the hybridization of each atom in the molecule. The two molecules are HNO and HCN. I found HNO to be sp3 hybridized and ...
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What is lowest energy state, how does an atom gain it and what does it have to do with hybridization?

I understand that hybridisation occurs due to the atom wanting to exist in the most stable state possible, and the most stable state has the lowest energy. What I don't understand, however, is say, in ...
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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) Why ...
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Why energy of all d orbitals is same?

This question first popped up in my head when I learnt that $d_{z^2}$ orbital is used in $sp^3d$ hybridization and $d_{x^2-y^2}$ and $d_{z^2}$ orbitals are used in $sp^3d^2$ hybridization. If all ...
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Why are the axial bonds of PF5 longer than those of the equatorial bonds? (Hybridization) [duplicate]

The axial bonds of $\ce{PF5}$ are longer than those of the equatorial positions. One explanation is that because the axial bonds are experiencing more repulsion than those of the equatorial and ...
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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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What is the hybridization state of E (= Sn, C) in ECl₂?

What is the hybridization state of tin in tin(II) chloride, $\ce{SnCl2}$, and is the explanation similar for dichlorocarbene, $\ce{CCl2}$? For $\ce{SnCl2}$, I read in my book that it is sp² but I am ...
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Is there a shortcut method to calculate the Steric Number?

The steric number is equal to the number of $\sigma$-bonds + the number of lone pairs of electrons on the central atom. It gives us the number of hybridised orbitals. It is pretty straight-forward to ...
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What is the hybridisation in dimolybdenum?

Dimolybdenum's $\mathrm{4s}$ and $\mathrm{4p}$ orbitals are full. It is going to use its $\mathrm{4d}$ and $\mathrm{5s}$ orbitals to form a sextuple bond (2 $\sigma$, 2 $\pi$, 2 $\delta$). I am ...
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Chemical structure of xenon heptafluoride anion

When $\ce{XeF6}$ acts as a fluoride acceptor, $\ce{XeF7-}$ is formed. What is the hybridisation, geometry, and shape of $\ce{XeF7-}$?
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Why chlorine acts as a strong field ligand in tetrachloridoplatinate(II)?

In most of the cases I have learnted, halogens act as a weak field ligand. However, I recently learned somewhere on the web that the strength of a ligand also depends upon the size of the atom. A ...
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Is orbital hybridisation real?

Is the concept of orbital hybridisation an accurate description of a physical process that actually occurs in bonding atoms, or is it, like VSEPR, a heuristic tool to reason about the characteristics ...
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Hybridization of tetraamminecopper(II) sulfate

$\ce{Cu^2+} $ has 9 electrons and a d-orbital and is almost completely filled (except 1 electron vacant) and $\ce{NH3}$ donates an electron eventually forming $\mathrm{sp^3}$ hybrid orbitals. But it ...
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What is the oxidation state of carbon atoms in Ethanoic acid?

The oxidation states of $sp^2$ and $sp^3$ carbon in ethanoic acid are $-3$ if we do not consider the electronegativity difference of these two carbons due to their different hybridisation but this ...