University Chemistry ›› 2020, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (8): 93-97.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX202007062

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A Graphical Explanation of Atomic Orbital Hybridization

Pingping Zhao1,*(), Ping Cai2, Kai Hu2, Wei Luo2, Gongzhen Cheng2,*()   

  1. 1 School of Printing and Packaging, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, P. R. China
    2 College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, P. R. China
  • Received:2020-07-20 Accepted:2020-07-22 Published:2020-07-27
  • Contact: Pingping Zhao,Gongzhen Cheng;
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For molecules with common geometries, a graphical method of effective overlap between terminal atomic orbitals and the valance-shell orbitals of the central atom was described; the energy adjacencies of these orbitals of the central atom were used to determine which orbitals would participate in orbital hybridization.

Key words: Hybridization, Atomic orbitals, Molecular structure, Graphical method