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Why are sp3 bonds 75% p character, other than that the name says so?

by gauss44
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gauss44
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Jul20-14, 06:34 PM
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I think the title says it all. Lemme know if it is unclear.
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Jul20-14, 06:38 PM
PF Gold
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There are 4 atomic orbitals that combine forming 4 sp3 orbitals. 3 out of 4 that combine are p orbitals, hence the 75%.
DrDu
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Jul21-14, 02:21 AM
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See the section on nomenclature in wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hybrid_orbital


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