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# What is the hybridization of so2?

First draw the Lewis Structure of so2.

Note that there are 3 things or regions around the central atom. 1 single bond, 1 double bond and a lone pair.

The hybridization for this is **sp2**

Where: s has 1 orbital p has 3 orbitals d has 5 orbitals f has 7 orbitals

**sp2** s has **1** orbital, p has **2** orbitals = **3** regions

Let's say you have 4 things or regions around the central atom like nh3

The hybridization for this is **sp3**

**sp3** s has **1** orbital, p has **3** orbitals = **4** regions

Let's look at PCL5. It has 5 things or regions around the central atom.

The hybridization for this is **sp3d**

**sp3** s has **1** orbital, p has **3** orbitals, d has **1** orbital = **5** regions

We can't have more than 3 orbitals on p so that's why we jumped to d orbital.

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