## Sp3d or dsp3

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

Chloe Orsini 1K
Posts: 32
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:18 am

### Sp3d or dsp3

Is it sp3d or dsp3 in the book it’s sp3d but on here and other places I’ve seen it as dsp3, which one is it?

Aaron Ang 4H
Posts: 30
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:28 am

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

I dont think it matters. Both ways of writing the hybridization orbital works

Andonios Karas 4H
Posts: 30
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:27 am

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

This question was answered by a Chem_Mod before.

Question: When writing the hybridization of an atom is it better to write it like "dsp3" or "sp3d"? Do you have a preference?

Answer: Either is ok. But sp3d is preferred.

https://lavelle.chem.ucla.edu/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1256

Anand Narayan 1G
Posts: 61
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:15 am

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

I don't think it matters which order it is written, but I prefer to do sp3d

Kyither Min 2K
Posts: 60
Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:15 am

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

Order doesn't matter but some prefer writing it dsp3 since it shows that the d orbital is utilized however sp3d is in order of utilization.

Posts: 46
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:36 pm

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

In Dr. Lavelle’s most recent lecture, I believe he said you can write it either way, but I prefer to write it as sp3d.

Megan Singer 1F
Posts: 67
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:33 pm
Been upvoted: 1 time

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

I think Dr. Lavelle put it as dsp3 in the notes because that's how the textbook puts it, but standard convention is sp3d

gabbi_r2H
Posts: 32
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:52 pm

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

Yeah, to be honest I don't think it matters. I remember Dr. Lavelle saying in class you could write it either way :)

derickngo2k
Posts: 40
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:51 pm

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

Either sp3d or dsp3 is correct.

Mingzi Yang 1H
Posts: 40
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:53 pm

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

I think either way is fine although Prof. Lavelle used dsp^3 in his lecture.

Haochen He 3L
Posts: 45
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:37 pm

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

According to Dr. Lavelle (in his latest lecture), both are correct. :)

aashmi_agrawal_3j
Posts: 54
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:39 pm

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

I don't think it really matters since both are correct. I think sp3d is more of the convention though.

Sami Siddiqui 3L
Posts: 86
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:58 pm
Been upvoted: 4 times

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

The convention doesn't really matter in this case. I usually just say sp3d because it sounds better and I've seen this notation more frequently in textbooks.

Eunice_Castro_1G
Posts: 76
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:46 pm

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

Hello! Dr.Lavelle mentioned in lecture that both of these notations work. Hope this works!

Brianne Conway 1H
Posts: 44
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:36 pm

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

Dr. Lavelle said in his lecture that you can write it either way.

Aayushi Jani 2D
Posts: 53
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:51 pm

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

It can be written either way, they both work and represent the same thing.

Uyenvy Nguyen 3C
Posts: 53
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:36 pm

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

I would personally use sp3d, but like everyone has stated, it doesn't really matter which one you decide to use!

Jonathan Batac - 1K
Posts: 45
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:03 pm

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

As Lavelle mentioned, it does not really matter. It will be accepted either way.

Hannah Rim 2D
Posts: 52
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:48 pm

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

I personally have used sp3d my entire life but Dr. Lavelle seems to use dsp3 so I switched up my notation. Regardless, Dr. Lavelle said both are fine and essentially the same!

Tiao Tan 3K
Posts: 45
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:59 pm

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

Both are correct and I prefer to use sp3d because it is easier to memorize!

Navdha Sharma 1G
Posts: 48
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:46 pm

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

It's the same thing. I personally like to use the first one because it follows the order we are used to!

Helena Xu 1I
Posts: 43
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:51 pm
Been upvoted: 1 time

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

Sp3d and dsp3 are both correct and indicate the same thing, so you can write whichever one you prefer! Personally, I like to write sp3d because it is in the order of the atomic orbitals.

BKoh_3H
Posts: 47
Joined: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:57 pm

### Re: Sp3d or dsp3

They both are correct. You can use either one of them.