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[Chem] Hybrid Orbitals

  1. Sep 5, 2008 #1
    Hi, i'm wondering how can i differentiate when the molecule is an SP3, SP2 or SP hybrid orbitals? Like for example C2H2 and C2H4. What can i do in order for me to know?
     
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  3. Sep 5, 2008 #2

    Borek

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    It is not molecule, it is an atom that is hybrydized.

    You may try to look at saturation. All bonds single - sp3, one double - sp2, one triple - sp.
     
  4. Sep 5, 2008 #3
    Thanks. But i mean how do i know if it forms sp3 or sp2 ? for C can have sp3 or sp2 or even sp :O.
     
  5. Sep 5, 2008 #4

    Borek

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    As I told you - check saturation. If molecule doesn't have unsaturated bonds, all carbons are sp3. For unsaturated bonds you need sp2 or sp.
     
  6. Sep 5, 2008 #5

    Ygggdrasil

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    The first step would be to draw the Lewis structure of the molecule, then check saturation as Borek has been saying.
     
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