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How To Determine Hybridization: A Shortcut
Last updated: August 19th, 2022 |
A Shortcut For Determining The Hybridization Of An Atom In A Molecule
Here’s a shortcut for how to determine the hybridization of an atom in a molecule that will work in at least 95% of the cases you see in Org 1.
For a given atom:
Count the number of atoms connected to it (atoms – not bonds!)
Count the number of lone pairs attached to it.
Add these two numbers together.
If it’s 4, your atom is sp3.
If it’s 3, your atom is sp2.
If it’s 2, your atom is sp.