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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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Determining the more acidic proton in cyclopenta-1,3-diene

I am in the David Klein textbook in Chapter 3 going over rule 2 of finding the more acidic proton: if the electron pair in the conjugated base is delocalized, then the conjugate base is more stable, ...
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Do non-classical carbanions exist?

There are some non-classical carbocations, such as the 2-norbornyl cation, in which the positive charge is heavily delocalised. Have non-classical carbanions also been discovered? I have not seen any ...
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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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Which has more enol content? [on hold]

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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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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Resonance in benzene: creation of current

I am a student. I recently studied resonance in Benzene. I know that π electrons in Benzene are involved in resonance this means the electrons somewhat move in the process of resonance. I have a ...
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How does hyperconjugation explain the stability of alkenes?

The more the number of alpha hydrogens, the higher is the stability of alkenes, because the more the number of hyperconjugative structures. Why is this so? Has it got something to do with the ...
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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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Stability order of methy benzyl cations?

I know that meta position shown no resonance effect and hyperconjugation effect . So According to the order given I guess Hyperconjugating effect is taken into account as -CH3 has no Resonance effects....
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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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What is the most stable structure amongst the keto-enol tautomers of pentane-2,4-dione?

I was assigned the following question and I cannot decide which is the correct answer. Which is the most stable structure? (a) pentane-2,4-dione (b) 4-hydroxypent-4-en-2-one (c) (Z)-4-...
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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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Why do electron donating groups decrease the acidity of aromatic carboxylic acids?

If we look at the resonance structures of benzoate anion, we would see that some amount of positive charge is present on the ring and this charge can get delocalised on the ring, like this: Now, if ...
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Is ortho-nitro benzoic acid more acidic than formic acid?

We know that the Electron Donating effect of the benzene ring in benzoic acid makes it less acidic than formic acid! And we also now that whenever an ortho substituent is present in benzoic acid ...
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Is delocalisation of non-bonding electrons into the benzene ring possible in case of conjugate base of benzoic acid? [duplicate]

If we take a look at conjugate base of benzoic acid it is as given below: Now my question is: Is delocalisation of non bonding electrons(in the carboxylate part) into the benzene ring possible? ...
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How far-reaching is the effect of conjugation?

Due to conjugation, it is possible for 1,4-addition, or conjugate addition, to occur. I was thinking, since conjugation and resonance effects do no diminish with distance, unlike inductive effects, ...
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Electrophilic aromatic substitution of napthalene

It is known that the $\alpha$-position (or 1-position) for napthalene is the preferable position for substitution to occur at. However, I am getting two different explanations as to why this is the ...
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Why carbonyl groups are strong benzene deactivating group for electrophillic aromatic substitution?

In carbonyl group there is a resonance avaibility and also due to inductive effect it can also withdraw electron from benzene ring . As, resonance(e- donating chracter) dominates than Inductive effect ...
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How does the 1.5 bond order of ozone contribute to its instability?

I'm confused as to why ozone is so unstable? I've been told it's because it has a fractional bond order. However, this doesn't make sense to me. Don't fractional bond orders mean resonance and doesn't ...
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Why do most carboxylic acids have high pKa (~5) in spite of having a conjugate base ion that is stabilized by resonance?

This is from my textbook: Carboxylic acids owe their acidity ($\mathrm pK_\mathrm a$ of about $5$) to the resonance-stabilized carboxylate anions formed by deprotonation. Why are they such weak ...
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Why can't negative charge on a carbon have resonance with a neighboring alcohol?

In these resonance forms of a conjugate base of ascorbic acid, why can't the electrons on the negatively charged carbon in the third form be used to form a double bond with the alcohol and thus ...
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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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Why do the unsaturated ketones have C-O bond weaker than saturated ketones? How it is related to resonance structures?

I am studying Infrared Spectroscopy and the book says that unsaturated ketones have a carbonyl group which has weaker bond because it's more single-bond character than single bond because it has these ...
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How many resonance structures does the oxalate ion have?

I have drawn the Lewis structure of the oxalate ion, and I see that two oxygens are double bonded to the carbons. When finding the resonance structures, I said there are 2, but the exam solutions ...
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Participation of Pi-bonds and lone pairs in resonance

Below is a quote from Klein's Organic Chemistry 3rd edition: Here is the bottom line: Whenever an atom possesses both a π bond and a lone pair, they will not both participate in resonance However, ...
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How does conjugation affect reactivity?

From this topic on MOs of butadiene vs ethene, it is clear that when two ethene molecules are combined to extend the conjugate chain, the HOMO is raised in energy and the LUMO is lowered in energy. ...
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Is an antiaromatic compound more stable than a non-aromatic compound because of more conjugation?

(image from a LibreTexts page (archive link)) It is shown that the antiaromatic compound is more stable than the non aromatic compounds 2 and 3 because of a more conjugated system. Here's the exact ...
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Is planarity really necessary for conjugation?

If we look at the $\ce{ClO4-}$ anion, the chlorine atom in it is sp3 hybridised. Hence, it has a tetrahedral structure in which conjugation shouldn't be possible, but while explaining the acidic ...
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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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Most basic nitrogen in Adenine

I need to find the most basic site of Adenine: The $\ce{NH2}$ group and $\ce{NH}$ cant be strong base as electrons are delocalised. This leaves us with $1,7,3$. I thought that electron density on $1,...
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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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Comparison of acidic strength between nitric acid and nitrous acid

These are the structures of nitric acid and nitrous acid respectively: To compare acid strength, we compare the stability of the corresponding conjugate base. Here conjugate bases are nitrate and ...
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What is the most “important” resonance structure of SCN⁻?

Numerous online references say that $\ce{SCN-}$ has two resonance structures: I am wondering why this structure is not also possible? I expect structure 3 to be rare because of the high formal ...
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Stability of resonance structure

My book states- " the one that has ...less separation of opposite charges ,...., more dispersal of charge is more stable than others" Aren't 'less separation ' and 'more dispersal' opposite to each ...
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Question about resonance structures [duplicate]

I stumbled upon an exercise asking to draw the resonance structure of $\ce{SO4^{2-}}$. We can choose between the resonance structures by calculating the formal charges and by checking which one gives ...
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Which is the most acidic hydrogen in vitamin C

I thought it would be the lower first $\ce{-OH}$ because it's close to the double bond with oxygen, so I thought there would be more electron withdrawal from the oxygen atom due to its ...
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Will the carboxylate groups of the citrate anion undergo hydrogen bonding?

The citrate anion of trisodium citrate has three carboxylate groups. I am concerned with whether or not there will be hydrogen bonding in water, with hydroxyl groups of other ions or alcohols. It has ...
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Rules to identify the most stable resonance structures

While studying resonance from this Chemistry LibreTexts article, I found the rules to follow in order to decide which structure is the most stable. Among them: The structure with the least number of ...
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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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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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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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Is steric inhibition of resonance or steric inhibition of protonation dominant in o-toluidine?

I wish to know which effect out of steric inhibition of resonance (SIR) or steric inhibition of protonation (SIP) is dominant over the other when comparing basicities of o-toluidine and aniline: ...
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Stability of canonical forms

Which of the following ions is more stable? Use resonance to explain your answer. When we have to compare stability of resonance structures we generally check for the following features in the ...
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Lewis dot structures of CO2

I know the general Lewis dot structure of carbon dioxide is the one where there are two double bonds connecting oxygens to carbon. However the question is, does $\ce{CO2}$ have resonance structures? ...
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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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Resonance in benzenylium cation [duplicate]

Why is this type of resonance not possible? My book says that the positive charge is localised, and resonance is not possible. But I have drawn the resonance structures (though you can note that the ...
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Resonance in Organic Compound

Is the pi bond of a $\ce{sp}$ hybridised carbon in conjugation with another π-bond capable of resonance? Examples: $\ce{={C}=C-C=}$ $\ce{#{C}-C=}$ Is resonance possible?
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The pyridine/benzene stability 'paradox'?

So, apparently pyridine is more stable than benzene. My lecture notes are saying that pyridine will undergo electrophilic aromatic substitution much more slowly than benzene will, which got me ...
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What is the reason for the exceptional stability of tricyclopropyl-cyclopropenyl carbocation?

The stability order of the following is: A. III > II > I > IV B. II > III > I > IV C. I > III > IV > II D. I > III > II > IV Answer: I came across a question where we had to ...
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Theoretical comparison of dipole moments of N,N-dimethyl-4-nitroaniline and N,N,2,3,5,6-hexamethyl-4-nitroaniline

These two compounds are given in my workbook, and I am supposed to compare their net dipole: The solution given in the workbook is that: Molecule A (N,N-dimethyl-4-nitroaniline) has a "net shifting ...