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Orbitals in Bond Formation

  1. Nov 8, 2005 #1
    For the following molecules and ions, indicate the obitals involved in bond formation.

    1) SO2
    The central atom is S, and it has 1 double bond with a O and a single bond with the remaining O. There is also 1 lone electron pair. Therefore, a S-O bond is sp^2-p while a S=O bond is sp^2-sp^3?

    2) NO3-
    N is central atom, and there are 2 single bonds between 2 O atoms and a double bond between the other O. A N-O bond is sp^2-p while a N=O bond is sp^2-sp^3?

    3) NO2+
    N is central atom, and there are 2 double bonds between both O atoms and N. Thus, a N=O bond is sp-sp^3?

    4) NO2-
    There is 1 single bond between a O atom and N and 1 double bond with the other O. One lone e- pair exists for N. A N-O bond is sp^2-p and a N=O bond is sp^2-sp^3?

  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 9, 2005 #2
    Any volunteers?

    Thanks again.
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