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It states so in my textbook. But since s orbital is non directional, shouldn't sp hybridized orbital be less directional in character than p orbital?

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  • $\begingroup$ Yeah.. Seems your book is wrong here $\endgroup$ – YUSUF HASAN Mar 10 at 8:33
  • $\begingroup$ It a "free" use of the term "direction", but it conveys the message especially if bond formed by it is foretoken. Just to say it a not precise term. I liked the answer by @amanasci $\endgroup$ – Alchimista Mar 10 at 9:39
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Ignore everything else in image , this image is just for shape comparison.

As you can see in image that so orbital is a lobe with unsymmetrical shape this leads to its more directionality.

P orbital possess equal Electron Density on both sides of the orbital , but in case of sp orbital electron density isn't equal and that's the reason why sp is more directional than p .

That's also the reason for their different Electronegativity.

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  • $\begingroup$ The image appears to be plagiarized from this presentation, slide 8. You also might want to edit your illustrations instead of asking the reader to ignore a part of it. There is no white space before punctuation marks, and please use proper capitalization and consistent notations (e.g. don't mix up "P" and "p" for a p orbital). $\endgroup$ – andselisk Aug 7 at 9:12

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