s and p hybridization


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Laine Gruver 3C
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s and p hybridization

Postby Laine Gruver 3C » Sat Oct 29, 2016 11:38 am

When finding the hybridization of a molecule like benzene, C6H6, or any other molecule with some sp hybridization, why is it that we don't say s^2 when we say p^2, p^3, etc?

Huongly Do 3D
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Re: s and p hybridization

Postby Huongly Do 3D » Sat Oct 29, 2016 3:15 pm

I think that we don't say s^2 because it only has one orbital available to hybridize, while p has three orbitals (px, py, and pz) available to hybridize.

Rosalva_Mejia_41
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Re: s and p hybridization

Postby Rosalva_Mejia_41 » Sat Oct 29, 2016 3:40 pm

What about when we refer to sigma and pi bonds? How do we distinguish the orbital and the kind of bond it corresponds to?


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