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Hybridization @___@

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Homework Statement


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?

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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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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...
 
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