# QMOT | Orbital mixing in methyl

The following picture is from E. V. Anslyn Physical Organic Chemistry and shows constructing of MO of methyl using QMOT. MOs $\textbf{E'}$ and $\textbf{D'}$ are formed by mixing $\textbf{D}$ and $\textbf{E}$. I can't quite imagine how the mixing goes here.

• Can you imagine the mixing of s and p atomic orbitals into sp? It's pretty much the same. – Ivan Neretin Sep 28 '15 at 10:24
• Yes thank you, that would illustrate the polarized p lobes, right? But in the mixing that leads to E', the 3 1s obitals meet out of phase. Why the resulting orbitals have these 3 1s orbital in "brown phase" and are not cancelled? – wuschi Sep 28 '15 at 10:51