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Offline sinjid9

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Hybridization with Non Octet structures
« on: November 19, 2011, 03:27:11 PM »
How do you figure out the Hybridization for Non Octet Structures like XeF4.
The answer for the hybrid orbitals on Xe is supposed to be sp3d2
but when I tried to get the answer, I ended up getting the f orbital involved.

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Re: Hybridization with Non Octet structures
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2011, 03:50:54 PM »
f-orbitals don't tend to form hybrid orbitals as far as I remember (although I might be wrong on that one). And you should be able to figure out the hybridization only by taking a look at a shape of molecule - which is, in this particular case, tetragonal planar with two lone pairs on xenon atom, thus sp3d2.

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Re: Hybridization with Non Octet structures
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2011, 03:15:11 AM »
f-orbitals don't tend to form hybrid orbitals as far as I remember (although I might be wrong on that one). And you should be able to figure out the hybridization only by taking a look at a shape of molecule - which is, in this particular case, tetragonal planar with two lone pairs on xenon atom, thus sp3d2.

Square planar* (I couldn't correct the message :$)

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