Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure

Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure

Question

The states of hybridization of boron and oxygen atoms in boric acid (H3BO3) are respectively

  • sp2 and sp2

  • sp3 and sp3

  • sp3 and sp2

  • sp2 and sp3

Answer

D.

sp2 and sp3

 
Boron has three bonds thus sp2 hybridised. Each oxygen has two lone pairs hence sp3 hybridised.

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