In molecular bonding, orbital with different symmetry would have a net overlap of 0 (Ex: 2s and 2px/2py). However, in hybridisation, 2s and 2px/2py orbitals of the same orbital can be mixed together to gain a sp^n hybrid orbital. How can one explain this? Thanks a lot


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    $\begingroup$ We can mix pretty much anything with anything. It is all imaginary anyway. Or, so to put it, the hybrid orbitals are even less real than the pure orbitals, which are not quite real either. $\endgroup$ – Ivan Neretin Feb 11 at 21:54