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Question: What is the difference between a question that asks for the hybrid orbitals used by an atom and a question that asks what the hybridization is of an atom?
Answer: When you're asked the hybridization type, sp, sp2, sp3, etc are used. When asked hybrid orbitals, it refers to the specific orbitals of a certain atom, so quantum number n need to be put in the front.
Just to clarify, This means that AsF3 would have a hybridization of sp3 and is in the hybrid orbital of 4sp3?
The hybrid orbital specifies the principal quantum number (n) of the orbital.
Just to add an additional question, what is the difference between hybridization schemes and hybridization? Or the difference between hybridization schemes and hybrid orbitals?
^What is a hybridization scheme?
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