## 2s for Carbon hybridization

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

SajaZidan_1K
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### 2s for Carbon hybridization

For many examples I am noticing that the hybridization of Carbon begins with 2s instead of just s. For instance, methyl-2-cyanoacrylate has carbons that have C2sp^2 as their hybridization. Can someone explain why it is 2s instead of just s?

Deepika Reddy 1A
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### Re: 2s for Carbon hybridization

For hybridization, you look at the valence electrons of the carbon because those are the ones that take part in bonding. So, since the valence electrons in carbon are in the second energy level, the hybridized orbitals have the number two written in front of them.

AngieGarcia_4F
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### Re: 2s for Carbon hybridization

On a test though when writing out hybridization i think it doesn't matter if you write the 2 in front as long as the sp^2 part is correct.

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### Re: 2s for Carbon hybridization

carbon is from the energy level, n=2