Asked Jul 6, 2019

What is the hybridization of the sulfur atom in sulfur hexafluoride?

1. sp2
2. sp3d2
3. sp3d
4. sp
5. None of the Above

Expert Answer

Step 1

Hybridization is a hypothetical phenomenon or an idea where atomic orbitals combine together in such a way that the formation of new hybrid orbitals takes place. It can also be regarded as an expansion of the famous valence bond theory.

Step 2

The formula to find out the hybridization of a molecule is as shown below:

Here V refers to the number of valence electrons present in the outermost orbitals of the central metal atom

H is the number of monovalent atoms which surrounds the central metal atom

C is the charge on the cation.

A is the charge on the anion.


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1 V+H-C+A) 2

Step 3

Here the given molecule is Sulfur hexafluoride and the central metal atom is sulfur as it is largest in size.

Number of monovalent atom...


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1 Hybridization=(6+6)-6 2


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