## Just Kind of Confused

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

Claire Guo 1B
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### Just Kind of Confused

In the textbook, the hybrid orbitals are written sp, sp2, sp3, sp3d, and sp3d2 but the subject thing on chem community was sp, sp2, sp3, dsp3, and d2sp3 and I just got really confused. It probably isn't a really big deal, but I was wondering if the order matters?

Sarah Bui 2L
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### Re: Just Kind of Confused

the order doesn't matter! But in class he said he prefers sp, sp2, sp3, dsp3, and d2sp3.

Emma Scholes 1L
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### Re: Just Kind of Confused

You can write it either way. Both are considered correct.

Ashley Kim
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### Re: Just Kind of Confused

The order doesn't matter as long as you know that the hybridized orbitals combine to make bonding occur.

Jonathan Cheng 3C
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### Re: Just Kind of Confused

The order of the way the d orbital is written for hybridization does not matter. It can either be placed in front of the sp or behind it.

Hannah Faris 1C
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### Re: Just Kind of Confused

The only reason for moving the d orbital in front is to clarify that it is a lower energy orbital than the s and p orbitals, but I've seen it notated both ways.

904914909
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### Re: Just Kind of Confused

So order only matters for electron configuration but not hybridization?

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### Re: Just Kind of Confused

Yes, order only matter for electron figuration, not hybridization

Kaylee Kang 1G
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### Re: Just Kind of Confused

Either way is fine in this case!

Yiting_Gong_4L
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### Re: Just Kind of Confused

The order for hybridization does not matter, but it does for electron configuration!

JiangJC Dis2K
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### Re: Just Kind of Confused

Lavelle went over this in class and said that he personally will accept either way. As long as the total number of orbitals matches the number of electron densities in the right order you should be good!

Aleeque Marselian 1A
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### Re: Just Kind of Confused

It doesn't matter. Professor Lavelle showed the class both because the book shows it differently, so it's just based on preference.

Andrew Lam 3B
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### Re: Just Kind of Confused

I think it's just more of a stylistic thing and personal preference.

taryn_baldus2E
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### Re: Just Kind of Confused

They are both the same and simply depend on your own preference.