Pi bonds and hybridization

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Sophia Fox 4B
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Pi bonds and hybridization

Postby Sophia Fox 4B » Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:20 pm

Can pi bonds be hybridized? Since they're in a different plane than the sigma bonds I'm not sure. Also, are all sigma bonds hybridized?

Samantha Kwock 1D
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Re: Pi bonds and hybridization

Postby Samantha Kwock 1D » Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:37 pm

All sigma bonds are hybridized as sigma bonds are defined as single bonds between two atoms created by the hybridization of their orbitals. In order for a sigma bond to be formed, hybrid orbitals must be created. Pi bonds are not hybridized as they are composed of the overlap between two atoms' p orbitals, which are unhybridized orbitals.

Anusha 1H
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Re: Pi bonds and hybridization

Postby Anusha 1H » Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:27 pm

I think a good example for this idea is ethane, C2H4, because both of the carbon atoms in the molecule are sp2 hybridized and they will each have one unpaired electron in the p orbital. So this parallel overlap of the p-orbitals will be unhybridized.
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