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Homework Help: Orbitals and hybridization

  1. Oct 31, 2009 #1
    When mixing orbitals, is it possible to have a s2p3 orbital ( or anything along the lines of having a s2shell)?

    Also, are any combinations of hybridization orbitals possbile? For example. BrF2+, would the hybrid orbital used be sp5d or something different?
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 2, 2009 #2
    Generally you can only combine orbitals within the same shell to form hybrid orbitals.
    This limits you to one s orbital, three p orbitals, five d orbitals, etc.

    The physics behind it is that combining orbitals with different energy levels gives a time-dependent wavefunction, and orbitals (hybrid or otherwise) are time-independent solutions of the Schroedinger equation.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2009
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