hybridization


hybridization
The process of mathematically combining atomic orbitals (all on the same atomThe smallest particle of an element that can be involved in chemical combination with another element; an atom consists of protons and neutrons in a tiny, very dense nucleus, surrounded by electrons, which occupy most of its volume.) to generate an equivalent set of orbitals more consistent with the observed bonding geometry; a description (sp, etc.) of what orbitals were combined.