Hybridization Notation

$sp, sp^{2}, sp^{3}, dsp^{3}, d^{2}sp^{3}$

Or Fisher 1I
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Hybridization Notation

On page 124, the textbook lists the notation of the hybridization of an ethane molecule as $\sigma$
(C2sp3,C2sp3). Is this the notation we need to use every time we are asked to write out the hybridization of a molecule?
Thanks.

AnthonyDis1A
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Re: Hybridization Notation

For atoms, I know we can just say sp hybridized, sp2 hybridized, etc. I guess for molecules the textbook notation should be followed, but I don't remember that in the lecture (not that it might not have been covered in lecture).

Jennifer Ma 1G
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Re: Hybridization Notation

I don't think that you have to follow the textbook's version of the hybridization notation, and just use the notation that Dr. Lavelle uses. He has taught other concepts and equation that were not per the textbook, and has advised us to use his method that he teaches in class.

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Re: Hybridization Notation

The notation you show $\sigma (C2sp3, C2sp3)$ is telling you that a sigma bond is formed between a Carbon's 2sp3 hybrid orbital and another C 2sp3 hybrid orbital. It's a notation used to identify the details of the bond in question.

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