Pi bonds

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

Frederick Keith_4C
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Pi bonds

How come the pi bonds don't have hybrid orbitals? Like why are they all in the p-orbital? And can sigma bonds exist in atomic orbitals too or do they have to be in hybrid orbitals?

Alice Chang 2H
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Joined: Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:18 am

Re: Pi bonds

I think it has something to do with the orientation of the bonds, how pi bonds are side-by-side and can't rotate while sigma bonds are end-to-end and allow for rotation. Since sigma bonds are end-to-end, they can be hybridized since orbitals can overlap, while there is no overlap with pi bonds.