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Just Kind of Confused

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:06 am
by Claire Guo 1B
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?

Re: Just Kind of Confused

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:15 am
by Sarah Bui 2L
the order doesn't matter! But in class he said he prefers sp, sp2, sp3, dsp3, and d2sp3.

Re: Just Kind of Confused

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:39 am
by Emma Scholes 1L
You can write it either way. Both are considered correct.

Re: Just Kind of Confused

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:40 am
by Ashley Kim
The order doesn't matter as long as you know that the hybridized orbitals combine to make bonding occur.

Re: Just Kind of Confused

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:29 am
by Jonathan Cheng 3C
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.

Re: Just Kind of Confused

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:27 pm
by Hannah Faris 1C
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.

Re: Just Kind of Confused

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:42 pm
by 904914909
So order only matters for electron configuration but not hybridization?

Re: Just Kind of Confused

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:20 pm
by Hannah Padilla 1H
Yes, order only matter for electron figuration, not hybridization

Re: Just Kind of Confused

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:04 pm
by Kaylee Kang 1G
Either way is fine in this case!

Re: Just Kind of Confused

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:19 pm
by Yiting_Gong_4L
The order for hybridization does not matter, but it does for electron configuration!

Re: Just Kind of Confused

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:54 pm
by JiangJC Dis2K
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!

Re: Just Kind of Confused

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:21 pm
by Aleeque Marselian 1A
It doesn't matter. Professor Lavelle showed the class both because the book shows it differently, so it's just based on preference.

Re: Just Kind of Confused

Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:56 am
by Andrew Lam 3B
I think it's just more of a stylistic thing and personal preference.

Re: Just Kind of Confused

Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:41 am
by taryn_baldus2E
They are both the same and simply depend on your own preference.