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Sp3

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:44 am
by Madeline Lequang 1G
why do we only use up to sp3 when there are 6 p orbitals?

Re: Sp3

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:08 am
by Anusha 1H
We only use up to sp3 because there are only three p orbitals. Anything beyond that, will go into the d orbital
ex. sp3d - five dsp3 hybridized orbitals which would be trigonal bipyramidal

Re: Sp3

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:24 am
by Dhwani Krishnan 1G
there are 3 p-orbitals, each holding up to 2e-, for a total of 6 electrons, not 6 orbitals.