Dec 14, 2009
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Which concept describes the formation of four equivalent, single, covalent bonds by carbon in its compounds that resemble methane CH4?
a) hydrogen bonding
b) hybridization
c) sigma bonding
d) coordinate covalent bonding

answer is b) hybridization, but why not c?
 

MrBeans

MrBeans
Nov 6, 2009
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Hybridization is correct. SP3 hybridization produces 4 equivalent bonding orbitals.

Hybridization concept correctly answers the question of four equivalent, single, covalent bonds.

Although there are sigma bonds, the answer C is just too vague and it does not account for the equivalency of the bonds.