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Does Aufbau's principle still apply to hybridized orbitals?

Question asked by Kyle Walter on Aug 22, 2019
Latest reply on Aug 23, 2019 by Steven Cooke

When atoms like Carbon are sp hybridized, why are the 4 valence electrons distributed to both the sp hybridized and the 2p unhybridized orbitals before the sp orbitals are filled? Aren't sp hybridized orbitals lower energy than the 2p orbitals?

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