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Pi bonds

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:11 am
by Frederick Keith_4C
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?

Re: Pi bonds

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:23 am
by Alice Chang 2H
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.