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Homework Help: Hybridization @___@

  1. Feb 28, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    1. What atomic orbital/orbitals are available for bonding for S (Sulfur) and F (Fluorine)?
    2. How many electrons are in an orbital formed from the overlapping of two atomic orbitals, which are different?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    1. For this question, I inferred that only one P orbital was available for bonding in Fluroine, since it is in group 17 and whatnot. As for Sulfur, I'm guessing that 1 s and 1 p orbital would only be available; but then again, this question is quite confusing.

    2. For this question, don't the answers vary? Doesn't it depend on what two atomic orbitals your overlapping with?

    Sorry, I know these questions are a bit confusing; the whole quantum idea is crazy! :S
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  3. Mar 5, 2010 #2
    What compound are you looking at?

    The compound that comes to mind is that of SF6 in which you will need to invoke d orbitals as well. That would be the so called "sp3d2" hybridization; but don't tell a quantum field theorist...
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2010
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