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Hybrid Atomic Orbitals in Organic Chemistry. Part 1: Critique of Formal Aspects

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submitted on 23.02.2019 and posted on 25.02.2019 by Guy Lamoureux, J. F. Ogilvie
The importance of hybrid atomic orbitals, both historically and mathematically, is reviewed. Our new analysis of the original derivation of the sp3, sp2, sp model reveals serious errors. Based on a critical survey of the literature, we submit six formal criteria that deprecate the use of hybrid orbitals in a pedagogical context. A sound mathematical basis of sp3 and sp2 formulae does not exist; hybrid atomic orbitals have hence no legitimate role in the teaching of organic chemistry.

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Email Address of Submitting Author

guy.lamoureux@ucr.ac.cr

Institution

Universidad de Costa Rica

Country

Costa Rica

ORCID For Submitting Author

0000-0002-2717-7506

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

No conflict of interest

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Version 20190223

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