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Hybridization of p orbitals

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:35 pm
by Aurbal Popal
Why can you not have a hybrid orbital of two p orbitals? For example, the hybridization of carbon is 2sp^2, but they have empty p orbitals, so why does a full s orbital hybridize with a p orbital?

Re: Hybridization of p orbitals

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:28 pm
by Arlene Linares 3A
Any techniques to memorizing this?

Re: Hybridization of p orbitals

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:00 pm
by inlovewithchemistry
I thought that two p orbitals could hybridize with a pi bond.

Re: Hybridization of p orbitals

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:16 pm
by Aurbal Popal
jillianh1B wrote:I thought that two p orbitals could hybridize with a pi bond.


Sorry I should have been more explicit. They can but why does it have to be a pi bond? why not in a sigma bond?