degeneracy

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

Jackie Ngo 1C
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degeneracy

Why is degeneracy important when it comes to hybridization? What role does it play onto hybrid orbitals?

sameeksha_panda_3h
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Re: degeneracy

Degeneracy means that two atoms has the same amount of energy. This is important in hybridization as the lowest energy atom is the more stable structure. If there is degeneracy, there may be more than one structure found in nature (of an atom).

Mariah Hill
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Re: degeneracy

What do you mean by more than one structure?