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Although the general trend $\mathrm{s} < \mathrm{p} < \mathrm{sp}^n$ makes sense, these magic numbers $1.73$, $1.93$, $1.99$, and $2.00$ seem to have just been pulled out of a hat. If these are really "approximate strengths of bonds", a good book would justify these by showing which bonds they use to come up with these numbers. Just to show ...

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