How do we describe the orbital hybridization in the water molecule?

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Aug 9, 2017

Answer:

The oxygen atom has #3xxp-"orbitals"#, i.e. #2p_x#, #2p_y#, and #2p_z#

Explanation:

And these three orbitals can be mathematically hybridized with the #"s-orbital"# to form #4xxsp^3# orbitals..........and this forms #2xxO-H# bonds, and TWO filled lone pairs.......#:stackrel(ddot)OH_2#.