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Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:16 pm
When writing out the hybridization of an atom, when is it necessary to include a coefficient? I.e. sp^3 vs. 2sp^3
Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:11 pm
Yes. The coefficient is necessary since it describes the number of orbitals available for hybridization. For example, sp^2 will have three orbitals available while sp^3 will have four orbitals available. This is a mixture of orbital energy, creating the hybridization.
Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:12 pm
It is not required to write out the coefficient I believe, but it would be better practice to do so. As long as the hybridization matches up with the number of electron regions. For instance sp^3 = for 4 electron region densities.