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Yes, they do! I don't think we need to know how, at least at this point in the class. But, here's a website on it if you're curious https://chem.libretexts.org/Courses/Mou ... d_Orbitals
Yes! D-orbitals are often involved in hybridization in elements belonging to Period 3 or later because they can accommodate five or more electron pairs. As a result of the expanded valence shell, they require d-orbitals in their hybridized orbitals to account for all of the regions of electron density (confirm what we get from applying VSEPR theory). Hope this helps!
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