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Name: Jessica
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Age: 17
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Date: 2000

Can a sigma bond and pi bond occur at the same time for the same reaction??

Dear Jessica,

I'm not sure what you mean by "occur," but it is not usually possible to have a pi bond without also having a sigma bond (although it is common to have a sigma bond without a pi bond). This is because pi bonds form from the sideways overlap of unhybridized p orbitals, whereas sigma bonds in a pi-bonding situation form from the head-to-head overlap of hybrid orbitals (sp or sp^2).

I hope this helps - try rewording your question if this answer wasn't sufficient.

prof. topper

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