Questions tagged [resonance]

Resonance refers to the representation of the electronic structure of a molecular entity in terms of contributing structures. The tag should be applied to any question that concern resonance structures or resonance energy. This tag should not be applied to questions about aromatic compounds (use the [aromatic-compounds] tag instead)

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Which has greater +R strength - toluene or anisole?

I read that resonance in toluene is initiated with the help of hyper-conjugation. Also hyper-conjugation is weaker than resonance/mesomeric effect. But, in toluene, its resonance is taking place with ...
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On the directing nature of these groups in electrophilic aromatic substitution

These three groups are listed in our workbook. I don't know the answer and our teacher isn't sure either: (each has a free valency through which it is attached to a benzene ring): ...
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What is an algorithm for drawing resonance structures?

Question What is an instance of a procedure for writing resonance structures for any given compound's name or structural formula? I would prefer any of these formats to represent the algorithm: ...
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Will N,N‐diethylbenzamide show geometrical isomerism?

I know for a compound to show geometrical isomerism it should have site of restricted rotation; be connected to two different groups on either side of site of restricted rotation; the distance ...
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How to calculate the resonance energy of thiophene?

How to calculate the Resonance energy of Thiophene? I know how to calculate the resonance energy of Benzene. I am applying same procedure for thiophene, too. (Wikipedia: Resonance energy) The values ...
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Meisenheimer complex in Preparation of 2-Naphthol from 2-Naphthalenesulfonic acid

I'm trying to figure out the addition-elimination mechanism for the preparation of 2-naphthol from 2-naphthalenesulfonic acid. I know that the $\ce{SO3^2-}$ group is functioning as the leaving group, ...
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Are the lone pair electrons on an carbonyl oxygen in sp2 orbitals?

Carbonyl Group Double Bonds [...] One pair of the oxygen lone pairs are located in 2s while the other pair are in 2p orbital where its axis is directed perpendicular to the direction of the ...
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In which all substituents does Inductive effect overpower Mesomeric effect?

In most substituents, the mesomeric effect is considered stronger and more dominating than the inductive effect. A notable exception are the halogens. The reason behind this has been well-...
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Why can't oxalate ion donate two pairs of electrons from the two double-bonded oxygen atoms

So, I read that an oxalate ion is a bidentate ligand but since I saw that it has 4 oxygen atoms I was confused as to why it isn't a tetradentate ligand instead. I searched it on Google and found this:...
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Acidic strength order of mineral acids in acetic acid

Explain this acidic strength order $\ce{H2SO4} > \ce{HCl} > \ce{HNO3}$ in acetic acid. My Attempt Stability of conjugate base is proportional to the acidic strength of acids in acetic acid. $\...
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Why does indolizine undergo EAS on C3 and not C5 of the pyrrole ring?

In Clayden, Greeves, & Warren: Organic Chemistry Second Edition, it is said that indolizine (pyrrocoline) reacts in electrophilic aromatic substitution at the C3 of the pyrrole ring, as shown. I ...
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Resonating structures of (pentan‐2‐ylidene)oxidanium

Draw resonating strictures of the following compound: In this molecule there are two π-components, but they are not conjugated. According to me, as there is no conjugation, it should not have a ...
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Sigma electron movement in resonance forms

I have come across an example in my textbook, which shows resonance structures for the bromonium ion. However, I am confused as to why the sigma bond electrons "move" to get the tertiary carbocation ...
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Is Argus lab accurate?

I was trying to calculate the resonance energy of benzene by using Argus Lab. These values are weird and very different from the experimental data. I have two questions regarding them. What is the ...
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Nitration of (E)-4-Phenyl-3-buten-2-one

What would happen if (E)-4-Phenyl-3-buten-2-one, shown above is nitrated, and is this compound more or less reactive than benzene? My Attempt: By drawing the resonance structures of the above ...
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Naphthalene v/s Anthracene reactivity

Both have similar resonance energy per ring, even Naphthalene has a little higher Resonance energy (127.5 KJ per mol per ring v/s 127 KJ per mol per ring ) Can we prove , why there is a small ...
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Paracetamol: does oxygen participate in the delocalization of p-orbitals

I'm analyzing the molecular structure of paracetamol and one of the things I have to do is to make a commentary about the delocalization of p-orbitals in this compound. Well I know that in the cyclic ...
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If both nitric acid and nitrate ion are stabilised through resonance, what makes the nitrate ion more stable in aqueous medium?

If both nitric acid and nitrate ion are stabilised through resonance, what makes the nitrate ion more stable in aqueous medium? Can the same argument be applied to nitrous acid and nitrite ion in ...
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Consequences of ortho effect on resonance

Consider any carboxylic acid with any group at ortho position. According to ortho effect, the resonance of the $\ce{C=O}$ with the ring is inhibited. Is this resonance entirely lost? Or some little ...
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Forming the resonance structures for the nitrite anion

Yesterday I learned about resonance structures and came across this problem. The resonance structures are formed when there is a delocalized π electron cloud. I understand that for benzene, there are ...
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The most acidic hydrogen of 4‐hydroxybutanenitrile

Identify the most acidic hydrogen atom in the compound below: $$\ce{NC-CH2-CH2-CH2-OH}$$ My teacher said that the $\ce{H}$ connected to $\ce{O}$ is the most acidic since $\ce{O}$ is more ...
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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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Is the 1,4-adduct of carbonyl compounds ever a major product over the 1,2-adduct?

If, say, propenal undergoes nucleophilic addition of hydrazine, will the 1,2- adduct or the 1,4-adduct be preferred? Why? There is an obvious reasonace structure with an electrophilic beta carbon so ...
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Reaction enthalpy using bond energy in resonating molecules

To find out and enthalpy of a reaction using bond energy we use the formula $$\Delta H = \sum\Delta_\mathrm{bond}H_\mathrm{reactants} - \sum\Delta_\mathrm{bond}H_\mathrm{products}$$ since we use all ...
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Why is only one of the lone pairs on the oxygen in furan delocalized?

Both the lone pairs on the oxygen are in allylic positions, thus both should be able to participate in resonance. If both lone pairs can participate in resonance, why is only one of the lone pairs ...
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Determination of the most acidic hydrogen in an organic compound

Identify the most acidic hydrogen in the compound below: Can someone please explain why is $\ce{H^\mathrm{a}}$ in the compound below more acidic than $\ce{H^\mathrm{b}}$? This is what is ...
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Resonance in a non-planar molecule

I am well aware that the following compound is non-planar and hence, will not be anti-aromatic but non-aromatic. But I wonder whether resonance will occur to some extent i.e. whether any three ...
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What are the total amount of resonance structures for these two cations and which is the most stable cation?

Please see the following two cations. I have proposed the following resonance structures. Please let me know if I have missed something. Thank you.
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Basicity of nitrogen in amide versus basicity of nitrogen in aniline

I was wondering that how can we compare the basicity of nitrogen in amide to the nitrogen in aniline as in both structures the lone pair on nitrogen is in conjugation as shown below, Can someone help ...
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Is steric inhibition of resonance, or of protonation, dominant in 0-substituted anilines?

There's a question about inhibition of resonance: Is steric inhibition of resonance or steric inhibition of protonation dominant in o-toluidine? If you look at Martin's answer he says that CH3 is ...
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Do amides oxidize to double-bonds?

Do amides from primary or secondary amines ever oxidize to a double-bond on the nitrogen? For example, like from an $\mathrm{R \bbox[yellow]{\color{red}{-}}(NH)-(C=O)-R'}$ to an $\mathrm{ R \bbox[...
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Comparing Basicity of Aniline Derivatives

Why is 4-hydroxyaniline more basic than 2-hydroxyaniline? Hydroxyl is an electron donating group, and their resonance structures suggest that they both isolate a negative formal charge on the carbon ...
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Confusing stability order of free radical structures

I have question regarding the solution that has been given. Question: In the given compound the order of case with which hydrogen atom can be abstracted from carbons I to VI is The solution that ...
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Can the effect of resonance on acidity be generalised?

A basic trend for acid: if the conjugate base is more stable, then the acid has a lower $\ce{pKa}$. Therefore, it would quite intuitive to think that resonance in the conjugate base will make the acid ...
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Why aren't free radicals considered resonance forms?

In C, the answer states that electrons must come in pairs. And so C does not show resonance forms. But here I read that if there is an unpaired electron, it is a free radical. Why can't free radicals ...
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Which carbocation is more stable?

Which one of Tropylium cation (cycloheptatrienyl carbocation) and Cyclopropylmethyl carbocation is more stable? Several references present opposing views on this topic, hence the confusion. Reasons ...
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Why does oxygen atom allow positive charge on its surface when its electron pair is in resonance with benzene ring?

Oxygen atom is a highly electronegative element. Why does oxygen atom allow positive charge on its surface when its electron pair is in resonance with benzene ring? The reason can be that its octet ...
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Do Fermi resonances show in Inelastic Neutron Scattering spectra?

The Raman and FTIR spectra of a urea based mixture shows a strong Fermi resonance in the N-H stretching region, which difficults its interpretation. In an inelastic neutron scattering spectra of the ...
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Thermodynamic control or kinetic control?

In my notes, it is written that the case 1 product will be major one. The explanation given is as follows:- However, since the pi clouds of alkenes are perpendicular to each other, the resonance ...
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Origin of different colour for thio analogue of indigo from blue to red

Why the thio analogue of indigo is red? What is the reason behind change of colour from indigo to red just by change of N to S. What I get is that there will be electronegativity, lone pair ...
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Which has more enol content?

According to me, resonance in {a} is more effective than {b}. And for monocyclic ketones, enol has very less content. I say {1} has lesser enol than {2}. Which is right?
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Stability of carbocations

We know that if a structure has all equivalent resonance structures, then it will be highly stabilised. So then why benzylic carbocation is more stable than other cyclic allylic carbocations, though ...
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Are p‐xylylene and fulvene aromatic?

Are the following structures aromatic? I have not seen this type of question anywhere so I do not know the answer. This is just a problem that has been roaming around in my head that I may ...
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Why is an alkyne substituent on benzene is electron withdrawing, but alkane and alkene are electron donating?

Hammett constants for alkyls/vinyls/etc. are all negative (i.e. toluene), and my understanding is that they donate electrons through inductive/resonance effects. However, ethynylbenzene has a ...
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Relative Energies of Resonance Contributors & Stability of Borazine

We know that Borazine (Inorganic Benzene) is aromatic in nature. The following image shows the resonance contributors of borazine: What are the relative energies of these three resonance contributors?...
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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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How can a conjugated system of open hydrocarbon chains have delocalization?

If conjugated systems have delocalized electrons, and delocalization takes place when there are two possible structures how come I can only find one for conjugated systems of chained hydrocarbons like ...
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Is cyclo[18]carbon aromatic?

How does this compound even exist? Having such a massive ring strain. Is it even conjugated? As it's resonance structure will have all double bonds. Since it was reported to be found, there must be ...
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How does cross-conjugation destabilizes a molecule?

Wikipedia article on ortho effect suggests that o-toulic acid is more acidic than benzoic acid. This fact is rationalized by suggesting that steric effect causes COOH group to "twist" out of the plane ...
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Resonance forms of deprotonated hydroquinone

What resonance forms stabilize deprotonated hydroquinone? Deprotonated hydroquinone looks like this: Possible resonance forms include: 1 and 2 look reasonable: they don't carry multiple charges. My ...