Unhybridized Orbitals in Relation to Hybridized Orbitals


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Unhybridized Orbitals in Relation to Hybridized Orbitals

Postby Samantha Pedersen 2K » Sat Dec 05, 2020 8:45 pm

Are unhybridized orbitals always located perpendicular to the hybridized orbitals in a molecule? If so, why is this the case? Thank you!

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Re: Unhybridized Orbitals in Relation to Hybridized Orbitals

Postby Neel Bonthala 2G » Sat Dec 05, 2020 8:48 pm

Well it depends. If you remember earlier in the quarter, when we first reviewed unhybridized orbitals, we learned that p orbitals have 3 different orientations-- px, py, and pz. Each p orbital was on a different axis. The reason the unhybridized p orbital was perpendicular rather than in plane was because it was a pz orbital, and thus was on the axis that did not lie on the same plane! Hope that helps!

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Re: Unhybridized Orbitals in Relation to Hybridized Orbitals

Postby Taylor K 2D » Sat Dec 05, 2020 8:56 pm

Neel Bonthala 3E wrote:Well it depends. If you remember earlier in the quarter, when we first reviewed unhybridized orbitals, we learned that p orbitals have 3 different orientations-- px, py, and pz. Each p orbital was on a different axis. The reason the unhybridized p orbital was perpendicular rather than in plane was because it was a pz orbital, and thus was on the axis that did not lie on the same plane! Hope that helps!

Thank you for clearing this up! I had a similar question so thank you!

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Re: Unhybridized Orbitals in Relation to Hybridized Orbitals

Postby Tanner Bartyczak 1K » Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:18 am

I was also wondering something similar. Thank you for the explanation.

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Re: Unhybridized Orbitals in Relation to Hybridized Orbitals

Postby Gicelle Rubin 1E » Sun Dec 06, 2020 2:09 am

Neel Bonthala 3E wrote:Well it depends. If you remember earlier in the quarter, when we first reviewed unhybridized orbitals, we learned that p orbitals have 3 different orientations-- px, py, and pz. Each p orbital was on a different axis. The reason the unhybridized p orbital was perpendicular rather than in plane was because it was a pz orbital, and thus was on the axis that did not lie on the same plane! Hope that helps!


Thank you for clearing that up :)


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