What is the hybridization of the carbon atom in methanol? of the oxygen atom?
The hybridization of carbon is
Carbon starts with an electron configuration of
Carbon then hybridizes to an electron configuration of
Oxygen has an electron configuration of
Oxygen with this electron configuration can form 2 bonds.
Like carbon, oxygen can also hybridize and form #sp^3 orbitals.
In methane, carbon forms four bonds: three with hydrogen and one with oxygen.
The oxygen forms two bonds: 1 with carbon and 1 with the hydrogen of the alcohol group.