The number before the sp

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

Katarina Ho -1B
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The number before the sp

Hi i was wondering what the number before the sp represents. I know in class we did examples where some of the hybridizations were 3sp2.

Jaquelinne Rodriguez-Lopez 1L
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Re: The number before the sp

I think that just refers to the energy level.

Endri Dis 1J
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Re: The number before the sp

Yeah it should signify the orbital its taking place in so for 3sp2 I believe it would be the third row and the sp2 would have 3 attachments.

Ismail 1F
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Re: The number before the sp

With energy levels, make sure to take note which level each orbital is on depending on the location of the element on the periodic table.