Unhybridized p orbital


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Andrew Wang 1C
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Unhybridized p orbital

Postby Andrew Wang 1C » Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:30 am

Do all double bonds involve unhybridized p orbitals? What other examples of the unhybridized p orbital should we need to know?

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Re: Unhybridized p orbital

Postby bgiorgi_3A » Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:58 am

Yes, all double bonds involve unhybridized p orbitals. A pi bond is formed when two unhybridized p orbitals from a different atom overlap side by side which results in a shared electron pair which occupies the internuclear axis.

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Re: Unhybridized p orbital

Postby David Chibukhchian 2G » Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:23 am

I was wondering this as well, because I wasn't sure if a double bond could involve unhybridized d-orbitals instead of p-orbitals. I'm still not entirely sure, but I don't believe there would be any situation in which this is the case. I think especially since we focus mostly on sp, sp2, and sp3 orbitals, we should just assume in general that a double bond is made between two unhybridized p-orbitals. However, I'm not 100% on this, because I don't know whether we should consider this possibility for the d-orbitals.


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