# How would you identify which carbon atom is sp, sp2 or sp3?

Dec 24, 2015

The hybridization is found from the electron-pairs arrangement around the carbon atom:

#### Explanation:

The hybridization is found from the electron-pairs arrangement around the carbon atom.

For example,

In $C {H}_{4}$ the electron-pairs arrangement is Tetrahedral , therefore, the hybridization is $\textcolor{red}{s {p}^{3}}$.

In ${H}_{2} C O$ the electron-pairs arrangement is Trigonal planar , therefore, the hybridization is $\textcolor{B l u e}{s {p}^{2}}$.

In $C {O}_{2}$ the electron-pairs arrangement is Linear , therefore, the hybridization is $\textcolor{g r e e n}{s p}$.