Problem: Describe the orbitals used to form the pi-bond between the C* and N*.2p – 2psp2 – sp3sp3 – sp3sp2 – sp2sp2 – sp 

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We’re being asked to determine the orbitals that overlap to form the indicated pi bond between C* and N* in the given molecule:



Recall that π (pi) bonds are the double and triple bonds in a molecule. They are formed from the side-on overlap of p atomic orbitals.



We first need to look at the valence electron configuration of carbon and nitrogen.


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Describe the orbitals used to form the pi-bond between the C* and N*.

  1. 2p – 2p
  2. sp2 – sp3
  3. sp3 – sp3
  4. sp2 – sp2
  5. sp2 – sp 

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