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How to explain (non-/anti-) aromaticity in fulvene with the help of resonance structures?

Can someone please explain why the resonance structures of fulvene 1 is non-aromatic and 2 is anti-aromatic? Why is fulvene non-aromatic, even though it has $4\pi$-electrons and no $\mathrm{sp^3}$ ...
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Why does HNO2 not have resonance?

A question on the 1996 AP Chemistry Free Response asks: The $\ce{N-O}$ bonds in the $\ce{NO2-}$ ion are equal in length, whereas they are unequal in $\ce{HNO2}$. Explain. Since the nitrogen ...
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Where do the lone pairs go in the “true” resonance structure?

Consider the "true" resonance structure of $\ce{CO3^2-}$: The bottom diagram leaves out the 2 lone pairs, so 4 electrons disappeared in the bottom image as compared to the top one. Are these ...
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VSEPR theory, chemical bond and quantum mechanics

VSEPR theory correctly predicts the shapes of many symmetry-broken molecules such as $\ce{H2O}$ and $\ce{NH3}$. Take $\ce{NH3}$ for example. In VSEPR theory, the nitrogen atom is (approximately) at ...
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How to determine the relative contribution of resonance structures when different rules give contradictory outcomes?

In order to determine the relative contributions of resonance structures, my textbook gives the following rules (in order): The more covalent bonds a structure has, the higher it scores. Structures ...
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What is the correct way to verify a structure's geometry, for example for benzene?

My goal is to compare a calculated bond length with experimental data. Benzene is obviously common enough to expect sufficient experimental data to be available for it on the internet. I have found ...
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Which of the resonance structures is more stable?

I am quoting a rule on resonance from Organic Chemistry by T.W. Graham Solomons, Craig B. Fryhle, 12th edition, page 25. Structures in which all the atoms have a complete valence shell of ...
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If I can't draw resonance structures for a pi system, does that mean it doesn't exist?

Whilst trying to answer this question I came across an interesting situation regarding the relationship between resonance structures and molecular orbitals. There are two places that you can ...
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Can a molecule be achiral whilst it's resonance form chiral?

I'm trying to work out whether methylphenylsulfoxide is a chiral molecule. It is my understanding that the sulfur uses sp2 hybridised orbitals. Why is this? The central sulfur atom is bound to 3 ...
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How does resonance fail in approximating chemical structures?

In the book "Concise Inorganic Chemistry" by Prof. JD Lee, it says here: These contributing structures do not actually exist. The $\ce{CO3^2-}$ does not consist of a mixture of these structures, ...
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Why does coumarin predominantly exist in keto form?

By applying the logic that phenol exists in enol form rather than keto form as it attains aromatic character, why is it not the case in coumarin?
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Generalizations regarding functional groups on benzene ring

While studying several organic mechanisms (high school level), I came to an interesting generalization. I claim that negative charge on phenoxide ion first ALWAYS delocalises onto the ring and then ...
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Which is most stable resonance structure of 4-nitrophenoxide ion?

According to my coaching module the first structure is more stable. Why is this so? I feel both must be approximately equally stable since negative charge is on oxygen in both cases. Would someone ...
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Why does delocalization (only) occur in molecules represented by resonance hybrids?

Before I start this question, I am aware tha Electrons in all molecules are delocalized to some extent Delocalization is a the phenomenon and resonance is an attempt to explain it. When I asked this ...
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Resonance structure and stability

Does the existence of resonance structures always translate as stability? I've been taught that resonance structures generally "spread out" charge in order to compensate for deficiency or excess of ...

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