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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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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 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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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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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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Are resonating structures real or not? [duplicate]

We say that hybrid structure is real. It has distinct properties as compared to its Resonating Structure. Is it because that all the experiments we carry out are on a sample, lots of molecules are ...
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Resonance in ozone and benzene [duplicate]

In inorganic chemistry, I learnt that stability of some atoms like ozone cannot be explained by one structure alone and hence the hybrid of possible structures is taken and assumed to be the structure ...
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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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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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Mechanism of Biosynthesis of Terpenes

There is a specific part of the biosynthesis of terpenes that makes me confused: According to this mechanism, the double bond of the isopentenyl pyrophosphate attacks the primary carbocation, when it ...
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How does actually negative charge travel in phenol from ortho to para to ortho? [duplicate]

When we say negative charge flows from ortho to para position, and electron density at ortho and para is more, where does electron actually stay at ortho and para? Is it at $p_\mathrm{z}$ orbital or ...
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Resonance structures and mechanism

I wrote the following resonance structures and our teacher wants us to write the curved arrows showing the mechanism as well... I was wondering if it's okay to show in which direction the mechanism ...
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Stability and Resonance [duplicate]

The linked answers do attempt to clarify on 'stability' but I wanted an answer with specific connection to resonance. For example, the ethanoate ion can exist in many forms but, as we know from data,...
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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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