Error in tutorial when discussing orbital hybridization

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  1. PedroDaGr8

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    Aug 26, 2009
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    The tutorial found on Valence and crystal structure

    You say that the hybridization for tetrahedral is s^2p^2

    This is incorrect the hybridization is sp^3

    Additionally, the following image is incorrect:
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    Though it does get the final hybridization right, it is missing the P_z orbital and the s orbital is incorrect. There is no dimensionallity to s. It is always a sphere centered at the origin.

    For example the image below shows the 1s and 2s orbitals:
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    A more proper hybridization image (albeit it leaves out the antibonding orbirals but those are not really relevant here):
    [​IMG]
     
  2. jpanhalt

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    I believe you are correct so far as you go into the bonding orbitals of atoms. Frankly, I was surprised to see the s orbitals shown that way. My guess is that it resulted from a typo. Sz was probably intended to be pz, and the s just got lost. John
     
  3. PedroDaGr8

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    Aug 26, 2009
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    Hmm, guess they don't care.
     
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