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unused orbitals

Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:39 pm
by Jared_Yuge
what do you do when you only need 2 of the p orbitals to hybridize, do you just include the third one anyways or does it stay a p orbital.

Re: unused orbitals

Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:41 pm
by Nohemi Garcia 1L
You leave it as a regular p orbital since it technically wasn't hybridized.

Re: unused orbitals

Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:42 pm
by Naji Sarsam 1F
It can stay a p orbital, as there is the hybridization sp2 which is used in molecular geometries with three regions of electron density--such as trigonal planar geometries.

Re: unused orbitals

Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:43 pm
by Alex Chen 2L
The unused p orbital(s) can be used to form a pi bond in the molecule. In the example Lavelle gave in class (the molecule C2H4), the the two central carbon atoms each had sp2 hybridization and one separate p orbital to form the pi bond between each other.

Re: unused orbitals

Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:44 pm
by Kaylee Clarke 1G
it is not a part of the hydride orbital so you would not include it in the hybridized orbital