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What's the sp orbital of this carbon?

  1. Jul 10, 2009 #1
    The on on the left w/ the red arrow pointing to it:
    http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/5062/92513846.jpg [Broken]
     
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  3. Jul 10, 2009 #2

    Borek

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    No red arrow on the picture.

    And honestly - question doesn't make any sense to me.

    What are yellow trousers?

    Could be image will explain what you mean.
     
  4. Jul 10, 2009 #3
    Meant to upload this one, sorry. is it sp2? sp3?...
    http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/5062/92513846.jpg [Broken]
     
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  5. Jul 10, 2009 #4

    Wax

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    I'm not sure if that's possible. (Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong :tongue:) Where did you get it from?
     
  6. Jul 10, 2009 #5
    It is possible, it's from my book. Since it has a double bond, it's sp2 i think? I just don't know if the - formal charge affects that.
     
  7. Jul 10, 2009 #6

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    Okay then, do you know what the negative charge represents? If you know what represents it can help answer your question by counting the domains. Do you remember how to count domains?
     
  8. Jul 10, 2009 #7
    Never learned that
     
  9. Jul 10, 2009 #8

    Wax

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    General chemistry covers domains.

    sp (2 Domains)
    sp2 (3 Domains)
    sp3 (4 Domains)

    Nucleophile is represented by a negative charge. Negative charges represents a loan pair. A domain is a representation of occupied space around an atom.
     
  10. Jul 10, 2009 #9
    Domains = things the atom is bonded to

    where "things" are: single pairs, lone pairs, double bonds

    Is that what you meant? So the carbon is sp2 right?
     
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