I'm not understanding sp2 hybridization for Carbon.

It seems easier to understand sp3 hybridization.

In sp3 hybridization of Carbon the 2s, 2px, 2py, and 2pz are hybridized resulting in a tetrahedral shape and degenerate orbitals.

In sp2 hybridization of Carbon, I don't understand why sp2 hybridization is any different. I can't really understand how the 2py orbital is perpendicular to the sp2 orbitals resulting in 120 degree angles between orbitals. Aren't the orbitals degenerate also?

OR...

Am I thinking too much about it? Does hybridization explain the geometry and bonding of molecules and that's it?

Please help me understand the concept a little better. I'd really appreciate it.

btw, I love the book! That's how I found out about this site.

It seems easier to understand sp3 hybridization.

In sp3 hybridization of Carbon the 2s, 2px, 2py, and 2pz are hybridized resulting in a tetrahedral shape and degenerate orbitals.

In sp2 hybridization of Carbon, I don't understand why sp2 hybridization is any different. I can't really understand how the 2py orbital is perpendicular to the sp2 orbitals resulting in 120 degree angles between orbitals. Aren't the orbitals degenerate also?

OR...

Am I thinking too much about it? Does hybridization explain the geometry and bonding of molecules and that's it?

Please help me understand the concept a little better. I'd really appreciate it.

btw, I love the book! That's how I found out about this site.