What is the hybridization in #"CO"_2#?
The carbon atom has
You must first draw the Lewis structure for
According to VSEPR theory, we can use the steric number
#"SN = 2"#corresponds to #sp#hybridization. #"SN"= 3"#corresponds to #sp^2#hybridization.
We see that the
Just as the carbon atom hybridized to form the best bonds, so do the oxygen atoms.
The valence electron configuration of
To accommodate the two lone pairs and the bonding pair, it will also form three equivalent
Two of the
We can see this arrangement in the
There is a similar arrangement on the left side of the
Here is a video about the hybridization of carbon dioxide.