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Organic Chemistry/Foundational concepts of organic chemistry/Atomic structure/Molecular orbitals

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In organic chemistry we look at the hybridization of electron orbitals in to something called molecular orbitals.

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The s and p orbitals in a carbon atom combine into four hybridized orbitals that repel each other in a shape much like that of four balloons tied together.

Remember what a tetrahedron looks like ?

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I knew you did ...


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