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Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

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John C. Kotz + 3 others
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John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074
Textbook Problem

What is the electron-pair and molecular geometry around the central S atom in thionyl chloride, SOCl2? What is the hybridization of sulfur in this compound?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The electron pair and molecular geometry around the central S atom in thionyl chloride SOCl2 should be determined and the hybridization of sulfur in this compound has to be identified.

Concept Introduction:

  • Hybridization is the mixing of valence atomic orbitals to get equivalent hybridized orbitals that having similar characteristics and energy.
  • Geometry of a molecule can be predicted by knowing its hybridization.
  • sp3  hybrid orbitals is produced by hybridization of single s-orbital and three p-orbital.
  • sp2  hybrid orbitals is produced by hybridization between one s-orbital and two p-orbitals.
  • sp  hybrid orbitals is produced by hybridization of single s-orbital and single p-orbital.

Electron geometry is the shape of a molecule predicted by considering both bond electron pairs and lone pair of electrons.

Molecular geometry is the shape of a molecule predicted by considering only bond pair of electrons.

Geometry of different types of molecule with respect to the hybridizations are mentioned are mentioned below,

TypeofmoleculeHybridaizationAtomicorbitalsusedforhybridaizationGeometryAX2sp1s+1pLinearAX3,AX2Bsp21s+2pTrigonalplanarAX4,AX3B,AX2B2sp31s+3pTetrahedralAX5,AX4B,AX3B2,AX2B3sp3d1s+3p+1dTrigonalbipyramidalAX6,AX5B,AX4B2sp3d21s+3p+2dOctahedralACentralatomXAtomsbondedtoABNonbondingelectronpairsonA

Geometry of different type of molecules with respect to the number of electron pairs are mentioned below,

TypeofMoleculeNo.ofatomsbondedtocentralatomsNo.oflonepairsoncentralatomArrangementofelectronpairsMolecularGeometryAB220LinearLinearAB330TrigonalplanarTrigonalplanarAB440TetrahedralTetrahedralAB550TrigonalbipyramidalTrigonalbipyramidalAB660OctahedralOctahedral

Explanation

Lewis structure of SOCl2 can be drawn as follows,

Electron geometry is the shape of a molecule predicted by considering both bond electron pairs and lone pair of electrons.

Involving a lone pair of electrons there are four electron pairs around sulfur atom. Therefore the electron geometry around sulfur atom is tetrahedral.

Using the number of electron pairs the hybridization of sulfur can be predicted.

According to the above mentioned concepts, a molecule with four electron pairs (involving lone pair of electrons) should possess sp3 hybridization

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