Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity (9th Edition)

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Chapter 9 Bonding and Molecular Structure: Orbital Hybridization and Molecular Orbitals - Study Questions - Page 369f: 59

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Since carbon has 4 valence orbitals, it can form up to 4 hybrid orbitals (in $sp^3$ hybridization, as in methane). The minimum number for hybridization is two (in $sp$ hybridization, as in carbon dioxide).

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